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United Press Syndicate article on George Otis Draper
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TitleUnited Press Syndicate article on George Otis Draper
TranscriptTELEPHONE 4322 BEEKMAN eDITOR! Advance data 01 progressive people 01 the times. File No. 1121 INC. reference. Order cut by letter or wire quoting index number I A NOTED CAPITALIS~::~~~}~ HE~ I~:, N~~ O~~:~ ANT CORPORATIONS GEORGE OTIS :' Ilr. George Otis Draper is a n~ an_ of many interests, and one who has \ von success 111 111a11)' helcls. He 15 what 1nay I: e termed an investing capitalist, the corporations of which he is an officer, or in the affairs of which he is an important factor, embracing "" idely different ' enterprises and doing busi­ness in many sections of the coumry. vYhen it is added that :' IIr. Draper earned a reputation as a manufacturer of machin­ery before he commenced operations in l\ ew York, and that he is a writer and illyentor of 110 ll1ean attaint11ents, it be­COtlleS e\- idelit that he is a 111an o~ greater versatility than is usually met with. George Otis Draper was born on July q, r867, at Hopedale, :' Ifass., the son of William Franklin and Lydia \\ farren ( Joy) Draper. Be is of English ancestr" on both sIdes of the fam­ily. the original settlers in this country arri" ing in r647 and locating at Roxbury, Mass. On the paternal side he is a descendant of James the Purit'lI1, and there are few families that hal'e been more closely identified with the development of '\ ew England from the ea rliest days than the Drapers. :' IIr. Draper attended the Allen School at vYest '\ ewton and the :' IIilford High School. Sub~ equently he entered the '\' fassachusetts Tnstitnte of Technology, and graduated in the class of r887..\- Ie then went to work with the Hopedale Machine Conipany for the purpose of learning thc machinist trade. J. n 1889 he became a member of the lirm of George Draper & SOilS, which COncern was later merged into the Draper Company. In 1896 he was appointcd Secretary of the company, which office he filled with distinction for about twelve years. The Draper Company is onc of the largest manufacturers of cotton machinery in the world, and during the time that he was conne(' ted with this concern :' IIr. Draper became widely known as an authority on the subject. He has written more text books and pamphlets on the cotton industry than any other li\- illg 111a11. and an estilll: lh... of their vaiue may be gained from the statement that his text books ran ' into an edition of 80, 000. J. n r90' 3 he resigned the secretaryship of the Druper Com­pany and came to :\ ew York for the purpose of enterilcg upon the large enterprises with ' xhich his nanle is \ lOW identified. In a sketch of this character It is impossible to do more than gil" e a list of his connections, with a brief indication of the line of business transacted. He is President of the Draper- Hansen Company, "' hich car­ries on an adl'ertising and sales promotion business; Presidcnt of the Dr;' per Realty Company, which controls large real estate holdings in the Borough of Queens, :\ ew York City; President of the Imperial Lumber Company. with timber con­cessions in Dutch Guiana , md mills in Brooklyn: President of the Phillips Manufacturing Co., which handles electrical contract work: President ' If thc Hilton Manufacturing Co.. which deals in automobile specialties, etc.; President of the Farrington Company, which handles yarnishes and shellacs: President of the American' Sand Blast and \' Yater- Proofing Company, refinishers of surfaces of buildings. He is a Director of the King- La wson Company, manufacturers of rail­road dump ears: the \!\ Ialpole Rubber Company, of ' vYalpoJe, ; vlass.; the Kinney Manufacturing Company, manufacturers of rotary pumps, of Boston, Mass.; and the Butters Lumber Company, of l\: orth Carolina. For many years IVr 1". Draper was an important factor in the granite business. The company \" lth which he was formerly associated furnished all the granite for the Pennsyll'ania Rail­road's Terminal in New York City, the largest contract of its kind, and also furnished all the granite for the Hanover Bank Building. Mr. Draper is Vice- President of the "' ational Cotton :. 1anu­facturers' Association. He is on the Board of GOI" ernment of the American Civic Federr. tion, and on the \' Yelfare Com­mittee of the "' ational Civic Association. As a writer and an inventor he has coyered a "' ide range of subjects. In addition to his text books on cotton already re­ferred to, he is the author bf a work entitled " Searching for Truth" and another on political economy entitled " More." He is now writing sel'era] other books. He has taken out ! O3 American patents, mostly on cotton machinery, bicycles and automobiles. Mr. Draper is a member of the Boston Athletic Club. the Brookline Country Club, the Massachusetts Automobile Club, the Technology Club of Boston, the Technology Club of New York, and the Metropolitan Club of vYashington, D. C, and various other athletic. social and political organizations. There are few men bef'He the public to- day who have crowded so much of useftJ service into their lives as has :' Ilr. Draper. He is a citizen of the type that the country at large could ill afford to dis'Jense with.
SubjectDraper, George Otis, 1867-1923; Draper Corporation; Draper family
DescriptionAn article about George Otis Draper by the United Press Syndicate, Inc entitled, "George Otis Draper: A noted Capitalist, prominent in the affairs of Numerous Important Corporations", published ca. 1908-1914. George Otis Draper was the son of General William Franklin and Lydia Warren Joy Draper. The article outlines his past work with the Draper Company and other companies, of which he was an executive for more then 24 companies in 1914. His affiliations included such companies as the Draper-Hanson Company, the Imperial Lumber Company, and the National Cotton Manufacturing Association just to name a few. An inventor and engineer, he also held over 100 different patents, including applications to the Northrop looms. He also published a number of books, including "Searching for the Truth", a religious commentary published in 1902 and "More" a book on political economy published in 1908.
CreatorUnited Press Syndicate, Inc.
RelationIs part of the Bancroft Memorial Library Local History Collection, Hopedale, Massachusetts.
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