Samuel Gardner Drake
Samuel Gardner Drake was an eminent American
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Drake was born in Pittsfield
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, New Hampshire
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. His father, Simeon Drake, was initially a farmer
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 like his four brothers, but sold his homestead in 1805 to open a store in neighboring Northwood
Northwood, New Hampshire
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. His mother, Love Muchmore Drake (née
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Tucke) was the daughter of a minister. Drake was named Samuel after his mother's eldest brother, Samuel J. Tucke, and the middle name
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 Gardner derives from Samuel J.

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