The Civil War in Missouri

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Charles D. Drake

1861-1865
MHM Photographs and Prints

The new Missouri constitution was dubbed the “Drake Constitution” because of Charles D. Drake’s overwhelming influence on its construction. Prior to the war Drake served in Missouri’s General Assembly as a pro-slavery Democrat who was bitterly opposed to Republican anti-slavery ideas, but like many others he had transformed by the end of the war to become one of the most vocal leaders of the Radical Republicans.