The Encyclopedia Americana (1920)/Drake, Samuel Gardner

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DRAKE, Samuel Gardner, American antiquarian: b. Pittsfield, N. H., 11 Oct. 1798; d. Boston, Mass., 15 June 1875. He received a common school education and from 1815-25 was a school-teacher in a country district. In 1828 he removed to Boston and there opened one of the first antiquarian book-stores established in the United States. He was one of the founders of the New England Historical and Genealogical Society, acted as its president in 1858, and was editor of its quarterly ‘Register’ for many years. He published ‘Indian Biography’ (1832); ‘Book of the Indians’ (1833); ‘The History and Antiquities of Boston’ (1856); ‘History of the French and Indian War’ (1870): ‘Old Indian Chronicle’ (1836); ‘Indian Captivities’ (1839); ‘Annals of Witchcraft in the United States’ (1869). He also edited Church's ‘Entertaining History of King Philip's War’ (1825); Mather's ‘Indian War of 1675-76’ (1862); ‘Early History of New England’ (1864); Hubbard's ‘Indian Wars’ (1865).