Andrew S. Draper

Andrew Sloan Draper
1st Commissioner of Education of the State of New York
In office
Succeeded by John Huston Finley
Member of the New York State Assembly
from the Albany County, 2nd district
In office
January 1, 1881  December 31, 1881
Preceded by Hiram Griggs
Succeeded by Aaron Fuller
Personal details
Born (1848-06-21)June 21, 1848
Westford, New York
Died April 27, 1913(1913-04-27) (aged 64)
Albany, New York
Profession Educator, jurist

Andrew Sloan Draper (June 21, 1848 - April 27, 1913) was an American educator, author, and jurist.[1][2]


He was born in Westford, New York on June 21, 1848, and is a descendant of early Massachusetts settler, James Draper. He graduated from The Albany Academy and Albany Law School. He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Albany Co., 2nd D.) in 1881; and a judge of the United States court of Alabama claims before devoting himself to educational work.

He then served as a member of the Albany School-board, New York State Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1886 to 1892, and superintendent of schools at Cleveland, Ohio before becoming the President and Regent of the University of Illinois in 1894.[2] In 1902 his right leg was amputated.[3]

He resigned from his presidency in 1904 to become Commissioner of Education of the State of New York.[2][4]

He died on April 27, 1913 in Albany, New York of Bright's disease and heart trouble.[1] His widow died in 1928.[5]

Selected works


  1. 1 2 "Andrew Sloan Draper, Expert on Education, Dies. State Commissioner Victim of Bright's Disease and Heart Trouble". New York Times. Retrieved 2014-07-30. Dr. Andrew Sloan Draper, State Commissioner of Education, died in his home here to-day, He was 64 years old. Bright's disease and a recently developed ...
  2. 1 2 3 "Andrew Sloan Draper (1848-1913)". University of Illinois. Retrieved 2014-07-30. In 1894, Andrew Sloan Draper became the first to lead the University of Illinois with the title of president rather than regent. ... In 1904, Draper tendered his resignation in order to become the first Commissioner of Education in New York.
  3. "Dr. Draper's Condition. Right Leg Amputated and His Life Said to Hang in the Balance". New York Times. April 11, 1902. Retrieved 2014-07-30. President Andrew Sloan Draper of the University of Illinois, who was seriously injured in a runaway accident Sunday afternoon ...
  4. "Eighth State Commissioner, Youngest in the Office, Seeks Public Support Chancellor Gives 'Charge' Veto of Long Island College". New York Times. May 5, 1956. Retrieved 2014-07-30. Dr. James E. Allen Jr. today became the state's eighth Commissioner of Education. ... Dr. Andrew Sloan Draper became the first Commissioner, holding office from 1904 to 1913. ...
  5. "Abbie Lyon Draper". New York Times. February 14, 1928. Retrieved 2014-07-30. Mrs. Abbie Lyon Draper, widow of Andrew Sloan Draper, First Commissioner of Education of New York State, died yesterday at the home of her daughter ...
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Hiram Griggs
New York State Assembly
Albany County, 2nd District

Succeeded by
Aaron Fuller
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