Mystery Photo May 2015
Charles D. Drake was a St. Louis attorney who rose to prominence in 1863 as the leader of the Radical Union political party in Missouri. He was a prominent figure in Missouri during the Reconstruction period. His views on slavery had changed since the start of the American Civil War. By the beginning of 1863, Drake was strongly in favor of immediate emancipation of Missouri’s slaves. During the Missouri State Convention of 1865, Drake led the effort to rewrite the Missouri State Constitution. In 1867, Drake was elected to the US Senate from Missouri.