Simeon Draper

Simeon Draper, Collector of the Port of New York.

Simeon Draper (1804 West Springfield, then in Hampshire County, now in Hampden County, Massachusetts - November 6, 1866 Whitestone, Queens County, New York) was an American politician from New York.


He was a merchant's clerk in Boston, Massachusetts before coming to New York City where he settled as a merchant. He married a daughter of John Haggerty, and they had four children.

Draper was a friend of Daniel Webster and William H. Seward and a member of the Whig Party. He began his political career in the 1840s when he was appointed a member of the Board of Ten Governors, then in charge of New York City charities.

In the 1850s, he was Superintendent of Canal Repairs on the Cayuga and Seneca Canal.

He was one of the original Police Commissioners of the New York Metropolitan Police District, established on April 16, 1857, but resigned before the end of his one-year term.

He was Collector of the Port of New York from September 1864 to August 1865.

William B. Draper was his brother.

He was a descendant of early Massachusetts settler James Draper.


Party political offices
Preceded by
James Kelly
Chairman of the New York Republican State Committee
Succeeded by
Henry R. Low
Government offices
Preceded by
Hiram Barney
Collector of the Port of New York
Succeeded by
Preston King
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