References to Hampton in Historical Newspapers, after 1800

Newburyport Herald
February 7, 1800

Port of Newburyport. On Monday night, last, the brig Lucy, Smith, from Embden, for this port, went on shore on Hampton Beach. The vessel and cargo saved with damage.

Massachusetts Mercury (Boston)
February 7, 1800

On Tuesday night was wrecked on Hampton Beach, brig Lucy, Smith, from Embden for Newburyport. Cargo saved with damage. She had a passage of 58 days ; and left there, three Boston vessels. On her passage spoke a ship from Wiscasset for Liverpool.

Salem Gazette (Salem, MA)
November 14, 1800

DEATHS -- At Hampton, Mr. Jeremiah Towle, aged 94; Mr. Thomas Leavit, [Leavitt] jun. of Hampton, aged 27.

The United States Oracle of the Day (Portsmouth)
January 17, 1801

Hampton Causeway

Thursday last, Hampton Causeway by reason of a very high tide, and breaking up of the ice, was almost impassable ; and the Mail-Stage, with great difficulty and danger got over. This is not an unusual thing with respect to this detestable place ; and travellers frequently, if they are not altogether impeded, are extremely terrified, that the place is viewed by them with horror. It is supposed to be the duty of the town of Hampton, to repair and make passable this Causeway ; but it is considered that the expence of building it sufficiently high, would be too burthensome for the town ; and no grand jury have ever been sufficiently spirited to indict them. At the last session of our Legislature a petition was preferred for a turnpike road ; one object was to build this Causeway, and make it so high as not to be incommoded with water or ice ; but our Legislature saw fit to reject the petition. Thus we are obliged to endure the evil, altho' persons are ready & willing to offer a remedy!!! By the same petition, it was proposed to shorten the distance to Newburyport four miles, but all could avail nothing. This may be called good policy, patriotism ; &c. but at present it must be called of that deep and refined kind, that common men cannot understand it.

The New Hampshire Gazette (Portsmouth)
July 21, 1801

Bill of Mortality -- DIED -- At Hampton, in the 96th year of her age, Mrs. Sarah Toppan, mother of the Hon. Christopher Toppan, Esq. Possessed of a good understanding, and favoured with an early religious education, she maintained a life of exemplary godliness. Her old age was peculiarly peaceful to herself, and edifying to those with whom she was conversant. Her piety, though ardent, was inviting and cheerful -- she relished the society even of the young, and, in language, the most persuasive, urged them to remember, amidst all their amusements and occupations, that one thing is needful. She habitually expressed a deep sense of the value of the gospel, and of the infinite condescension of its divine author, and desired nothing so earnestly as that her descendents & friends might be partakers in that divine life, with which she was animated. Her joyful expectations, in the day of death, were such as to extort even from the most inconsiderate, the exclamation of Balaam, let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his.

Newburyport Herald
September 13, 1803

OBITUARY. DIED] --- At Hampton, on Sunday last, departed this life, after a trying and severe illness, supported with singular meekness and Christian composure, Miss Mary Tappan, daughter of Capt. Caleb Tappan, Æ 28, who in the discharge of the relative and social duties, secured the love and esteem of her numerous acquaintance. Her funeral will be this day at 3 o'clock, which her friends and acquantance are invited to attend.

The New Hampshire Gazette (Portsmouth)
September 27, 1803

DIED -- At Hampton, Mr. Joseph Stacy Leavitt, aged 32.

The Farmers' Cabinet (Amherst, NH)
November 3, 1803

MARRIED, At Hampton, Charles H. Atherton, Esquire, of this town, to Miss Mary Anne Toppan, of the first mentioned place.

Columbian Centinel (Boston)
November 5, 1803

MARRIED] -- At Hampton, N. H. on Sunday last, Charles Humphrey Atherton, Esq. attorney at law, of Amherst, N. H. to Miss Maryann Toppan, of the former place.

The Democrat (Boston)
September 12, 1804

Died, In Hampton, Mrs. Dodge, wife of dea. Solomon Dodge, of Topsfield, æt 60.

Salem Register (Salem, MA)
February 18, 1805

DEATHS. At Hampton, Joseph Fuller, aged 68. At North-Hill, Hampton, Lt. Simeon Marston, aged 56.

Newburyport Herald
May 7, 1805

Salem, May 6. Notice has been taken of the whales which have lately visited Barnstable Bay. Massachusetts Bay was the place of their ancient resort. Gov. Winthrop, as early as 1635, mentions that some of the people went to Cape Cod, and made some oil of a whale which was cast on shore ; There were three or four, he says, cast up as it seems, there, almost every year. In June, 1792, a whale was cast ashore upon Hampton Beach with an iron in him. He mentions in June of the same year, that Mr. Hodges went in the Rebecca, to the Isle of Sable, for Sea Horse, which were there in great number. That the Frenchmen on the Island had killed five, because unable to travel in the sand. According to Pennant, it is found of 18 feet, and in weight from 1500 to 2000 lbs. He relates that their most southerly residence was in the Gulph of St. Lawrence, but that they are not so numerous as formerly. He observes, that on the coast of Norway , in 1608, a ship's crew killed 900 in seven hours, but that they are rarely seen in our own times. They are numerous about Finmark, sometimes, but in 980 were very numerous.

The Democrat (Boston)
September 11, 1805

MARRIED, In Hampton, Mr. Daniel Conner, of Exeter, mer. to Miss Sarah Adams of the same place, eldest daughter of the late Col. Sam. Adams, of Portsmouth.

Newburyport Herald
June 20, 1806

DIED] --- At Hampton, Capt. Caleb Tappan, Æt. 65.

Newburyport Herald
August 19, 1806

On the last Sabbath, at a third service, a Discourse was delivered in Dr. Buckminster's meeting house, before the members of the Portsmouth Female Asylum, by the Rev. Mr. Appleton of Hampton. The public expectation was considerably raised ; nor was it disappointed. The discourse was highly ingenious and appropriate. A more handsome appeal to the reason and feelings of an audience we have seldom witnessed. -- Its effect was evinced in the collection, which amounted to one hundred and thirty eight dollars.

Ports. Oracle

Eastern Argus (Portland)
February 19, 1807

FIRES. A dwelling-house with most of the furniture occupied by Mr. S. Kempton, of Hampton, was destroyed by fire on the 13th ult.

Newburyport Herald
August 14, 1807

DIED.] -- In this town, Mrs. Elizabeth Scily, [Cilley] Æt. 36, wife of Mr. Amos S. formerly of Hampton.

Portland Gazette and Maine Advertiser
September 7, 1807

At the late meeting of the Trustees and Overseers of Bowdoin College, the important question of electing a Character to fill the office of President, vacant by the death of the Rev. Joseph M'Keen, came before the boards. We understand that the Rev. Mr. Appleton, of Hampton, (N. H.) has been chosen by the Trustees and approved by the Overseers. From the high reputation the Rev. Mr. Appleton possesses as a Divine, a Scholar and a Gentleman, his acceptance of the appointment is an object much wished for, as an acquisition that will be highly honorable to the institution and beneficial to the public.

The Democrat (Boston)
November 25, 1807

DIED. In Hampton, Mrs. Mary Ulmer, aged 22, wife of Dr. Ch. [Charles?] U.

Newburyport Herald
February 12, 1808

DIED. In Hampton, N. H. Capt. Isaiah Dow Æt. 40.

The Times (Boston)
March 26, 1808

MARRIAGES. At Newbury, Mr. Green of Hampton, to Miss Sally Tappan. [This is Silas Green.]

Salem Gazette (Salem, MA)
June 14, 1808

INSTALLATION. On Wednesday last was Installed over the reunited church and society in Hampton, N. H. the Rev. Josiah Webster, A. M. --- After the usual forms of examination proper on such an occasion, a very large and honorable council unanimously expressed their satisfaction, and cordial readiness to comply with the request of the church which had called them together. They then proceeded to the meeting-house, where the appropriate services were performed in the presence of a crowded auditory. The customary preliminaries being performed by the moderator, the Rev. Dr. Cutler, of Hamilton, and the scribe, the Rev. D. Dana of Newburyport -- The introductory prayer was made by the Rev. Dr. Buckminster, of Portsmouth ; a very excellent sermon from (1 Cor. ii, 2) was delivered by the Rev. Mr. Worcester, of Salem ; the consecrating prayer by the Rev. Dr. Thayer, of Kingston ; the charge was given by the Rev. Mr. Peabody, of Atkinson ; the right hand of fellowship was offered by the Rev. Mr. Abbot, of Hampton-falls ; and the concluding prayer by the Rev. Mr. Dow, of Beverly. --- A very remarkable unanimity prevailed in the council, harmony in the church, and order in the assembly. The performances were observed to be peculiarly solemn and impressive -- the day was uncommonly fine and pleasant ; and what very much heightened the joy of the occasion was to see two societies, who had, for several years, been parted asunder, harmoniously united in one, and in the minister of their mutual choice ; exciting the fairest prospect that henceforth they will keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.

Herald of Gospel Liberty (Portsmouth)
September 15, 1808

Intelligence, highly important to all the friends of religion, liberty, and good order ! !

The following appeared in the N. J. Gazette of Tuesday last.


Messrs. Printers, By publishing the following in your Gazette, you will oblige a friend to civil and religious Liberty.

IS our government just ? Is the constitution right ? Is it calculated for the peace and welfare of the people ? If so, why should it be violated ? If the fifth and sixth articles of the constitution of this State are right (which every person who is a friend to mankind must acknowledge) why should the violaters go unpunished ?

SEEING an advertisement in the newspaper sometime since, notifying a public field meeting for the worship of God in the town of Hampton, and having heard of similar meetings in the Southern States, I was induced to go to Hampton. After I got there I went on the Common, where I saw on one part of it a military company (or riotous mob) and on the other, a number of spectators ; afterwards I saw two ministers, viz : Elder Rand and Mr. Plummer, who informed the people assembled, that the meeting would be held in a field at some distance : the people then went to the field and the appearance was solemn ; the meeting commenced by singing and prayer -- The riotous company finding that the people had retired to religious worship followed after them, and when they came opposite the field in which the people had peaceably assembled, they began hollowing, hooting, firing guns, &c. -- more resembling wild Indians, than civilized men ; they proceeded a few rods, then marched back and began their hooting and firing again -- the man who hired the field for the meeting forbid persons coming into it to make disturbance. They had but just passed the assembly, when they broke their ranks and again rushed into the field and the one adjoining, firing their guns among the people, and throwing potatoes, dirt, &c. at the ministers ; upsetting the place which was fixed for them to preach, while they were in it, and striking one of them with a gun, pulling another from his seat after he had retired from the first place, and firing a gun at him which scorched his clothes ; and cursing and swearing in a manner too shocking to relate. It was supposed there were upwards of a hundred guns fired, and from fifty to sixty persons belonging to this riotous company armed with guns, and headed by a man who does not hold a commission (as I am informed.)

Those persons when asked the reason of their conduct, answered, that they meant to defend their religion and their minister, and that they were a peaceable people, &c. (I think that their conduct on this occasion is a specimen of their religion and peaceableness) -- it was the greatest riot I think that I ever heard of in this part of the country, and the greatest violation of the constitution and laws of this State ; and it appeared that the rioters were the greatest despisers of government ever heard of. It certainly will bring a disgrace on the town of Hampton which time will never efface, unless the perpetrators of this unprecedented outrage are brought to justice. Those concerned in the above mentioned riot appeared to be so filled with spite, rage, and malice, that the ministers thought it prudent to retire.
Monday, Sept 5, 1808

Newburyport Herald
October 7, 1808

DIED.] -- In Hampton, Miss Abigail Wells, Æt. 26.

Newburyport Herald
December 20, 1808

An Act, to prohibit the removal of Sea-weed and Rock-weed, from the Sea-Shore, in Hampton and North-Hampton, has passed the New-Hampshire Legislature the present session.

Boston Gazette
February 16, 1809

In our last, we mentioned the death of Mrs. Martha Thayer, Æt. 69, widow of the Rev. Ebenezer Thayer, late of Hampton, N. H. -- She was united to one, whose station in society peculiarly required an agreeable and instructive companion, and she was eminently well qualified for this purpose. Her judicious reflections and pleasing conversation exhilerated the spirits of her consort, and thus enabled him, with more zeal and alacrity to discharge his various duties. She delighted to cultivate and improve her mind, yet she never permitted this to interfere with the discharge of domestic duties. As a mother she was most faithful and affectionate, knowing from experience the value and excellence of religion, it was her endeavour early to impress it upon the minds of her children, and they will rise up and call her blessed. As a companion, she was amusing and instructive -- as a friend, sincere and constant, tenderly did she feel for others in their afflictions, and most readily and cheerfully did she contribute to their relief. As a christian most pious and exemplary, she lived as we believe the life and died the death of a christian -- her practice exemplified the sincerity of that profession of religion, which she early made -- that being, whose ear is ever open to hear the prayer of the distressed, and whose arm is ever extended to afford them relief did not abandon her, when she most required his assistance and support. With composure and even with apparent emotions of joy, she commited her departing spirit into his hands. Dost thou mourn afflicted relatives and friends the death of one who you so tenderly loved ? dismiss your complaints, repair for consolation to your Saviour, he will receive you, as we trust he has received her and your sorrows shall forever cease.

Freeman's Friend (Portland, Me.)
February 18, 1809

MARRIED. In Parsonsfield, Mr. John Garland, of Hampton, to Miss Ann Parsons, daughter of Joseph Parsons, Esq. of the former place.

New-Hampshire Gazette (Portsmouth)
April 25, 1809

DIED.....At North Hampton, Widow Love Gookin, aged 89 years, she was daughter of the late Col. Joshua Wingate, of Hampton, and granddaughter of John Wingate who was one of the first settlers in the town of Dover.

New-Hampshire Gazette (Portsmouth)
August 1, 1809

MARRIED. At Northamton, Mr. John D. Shaw, of Hampton, to Miss Sally Lang, of Greenland. [Editor's note: North Hampton, N.H. vital records give Sally's name as Lovering.]

Columbian Centinel (Boston)
July 11, 1810

DIED] -- On board ship Dromo, of this port, during her late voyage to Canton, the following seamen, viz. Nath'l Hewett, of N. Hampshire ; Jona. Stevens, of Charlestown ; Rob't Powers, of Hampton ; Simeon Perry, of Plainfield ; Phineas J. Long.

Concord Gazette (Concord, N.H.)
November 20, 1810

THE EARTHQUAKE. We noticed in our last, was severely felt in the towns of Portmouth, Newburyport, Haverhill, Hampton, Exeter, Portland, and Kennebunk. Accounts state that in some places window glass was broken by the shock, and at Hampton, it was so severe as to stop the clocks.

Newburyport Herald
November 5, 1811

MARRIED] -- On Sunday evening last, by Rev. Dr. Spring, Mr. Benjamin Pike, of this town, to Miss Betsey George, of Hampton.

New Bedford Mercury
April 16, 1813

DIED. At Georgetown, (Dist. of Col.) Oliver Whipple, Esq. counsellor at law, formerly of Hampton, near Portsmouth, N. H. -- Mr. Whipple slept in his office, and was in the practice of only dining at his boarding-house. It was remarked, that he had been absent from Friday the 12th, to Monday the 15th ult. On search being made, he was found dead in his office, and from appearance, it was probable he had died on Sunday. His remains were interred on Tuesday the 16 ultimo, with that respectul attention, which his correct conduct and amiable manners had always commanded while he lived.

New-Hampshire Gazette
March 9, 1819

The ladies in Hampton have presented the Rev. Josiah Webster thirty dollars, to constitute him a member of the American Bible Society for life.

Hallowell Gazette
June 30, 1819

Married, In Hampton, (N.H.) by the Rev. Josiah Webster, Col. Richard T. Dunlap, merchant of Brunswick, Me. to Miss Mary Greenleaf, of the former place.

New-Hampshire Gazette (Portsmouth)
June 16, 1829

Wool Carding & Cloth Dressing, At Jewell's Mills, so called, in South-Hampton. The subscribers respectfully inform their friends and the public that they have hired one of the best of work men, and that particular care will be taken to have their work done in the best manner.

Wool can be left and Rolls returned to the store of Shadrach Fifield in Hampton, free of expense to the owner. --- Cloth taken from the same place and dressed and returned in the same way.

Hampton, May 25, 1829

The Portsmouth Journal of Literature & Politics
May 31, 1834


Court of Common Pleas, January Term, 1834. SAMUEL TREAT of Portsmouth in said County of Rockingham, Gentleman, Plaintiff against JOHN CALDWELL of Amesbury, in the state of Massachusetts, Printer, Defendant. In an action of assumsit for the sum of two hundred dollars for goods sold and delivered by the Plaintiff to the Defendant, at his special instance and request -- and also for the sum of two hundred dollars for so much money paid, laid out and expended by the Plaintiff for the use of the Defendant at his special instance and request.

It being suggested to the Court that the Defendants property in the hands of Nancy Towle of Hampton, in the county of Rockingham, single woman, had been attached in said action, found that he being without the limits of this state, no personal service had been made upon him.

It is therefore ordered by the Court, that this action be continued to the next term of this Court to be holden at Exeter, within and for said County of Rockingham, on the first Tuesday of August next, and that notice of the pendency thereof be given by publishing a copy of this order in the Newburyport Herald, a Newspaper printed in Newburyport, in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and in the Portsmouth Journal, a Newspaper printed in Portsmouth, in this State, five weeks successively, the last publication to be at least thirty days prior to the said first Tuesday of August next, that the said Caldwell may then appear, and answer to said suit, if he see cause.

Copy examined by I. B. HOITT, Clerk.

New-Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette (Concord)
August 6, 1846

TEMPERANCE HOTEL AND BOARDING HOUSE, AT HAMPTON BEACH. The subscriber has lately enlarged his house at Hampton Beach, one-fourth of a mile south of Boar's Head, where he is now ready to accommodate transient company and permanent boarders, on reasonable terms. His house is large and newly furnished throughout, and, while retired in its location, is within a few minutes walk of Boar's Head. This house is situated in front of a broad, smooth and hard beach, and in this respect has advantages above all the other houses. The subscriber will open his house on strictly temperance principles, and will render his utmost exertions to promote the comfort and enjoyment of those who may honor him with a call.

STACY L. NUDD. Hampton Beach, July 1, 1846

The New Hampshire Gazette and Republican Union (Portsmouth)
August 24, 1847

Bones Found. -- One day last week, the workmen engaged in repairing the highway which leads from the Lafayette road to the Pound, near the house of Mr. Tucker, exhumed the bones of a man who had evidently been buried seventy-five or a hundred years. -- They laid some three or four feet only below the surface of the ground, and were much decayed. In Adams' History of Portsmouth, it is stated that one Eliphaz Dow, of Hampton Falls, was buried on (or near) this spot, having been hung only a few rods from it, in the year 1755 ; and the bones in question were doubtless his. Dow was convicted of murdering a man with whom he had quarreled. The parties proposed to settle their differences by a fight, and Dow killed his opponent by striking him on the head with a hoe. It would, perhaps, at the present day, be difficult to find a jury that would bring in a verdict for murder under similar circumstances. In old times, however, courts and juries seem to have been otherwise disposed ; and he who shed his neighbor's blood whether with or without provocation, was pretty sure to be strung up for the gratification of those who would travel miles to witness a hanging match. Together with the bones, were found pieces of bark and leather. A gentleman conversant with the facts, tells us that, in old times, it was customary to bury a man hung for murder in a rough box and with his shoes on. (Now-a-days the doctors are willing to take them without shoes.) This may account for the appearance of the bark and leather.

Since the above was in type, we have obtained a copy of Adams' History, which thus narrates the circumstances relating to the murder committed by Dow :

"May 8th, 1775. Eliphaz Dow, of Hamptonfalls, was executed for the murder of Peter Clough of the same place. It appeared upon evidence that a quarrel had subsisted between them for a long time. On the 12th day of December, 1754, they accidently met at the house of Noah Dow, where some high words and threats passed between them. Clough challenged Dow to go out of the house to fight, and went out himself; Dow followed, and as he went out took up his brother's hoe, which stood in the entry, and with it struck Clough a blow on the side of the head, which instantly killed him. Dow was arrested and examined before the honourable Mesheck Weare, and committed to prison, in this town. At the February term of the Superior Court, he was indicted, tried, and convicted : the sentence was pronounced upon him, that he should be hanged by the neck until he should be dead. The Sheriff was commanded by a warrant from the Court to execute this sentance on the 20th day of March following, but in consequence of two reprieves from the Governor, the execution of the sentence was respited until this day. The gallows was erected on the south road near the pound, opposite where the house of Samuel Tucker, jr. now stands and between the hours of twelve at noon and three in the afternoon, Dow was hanged, and his body was buried in the road a few rods from the gallows, just on the declivity of the hill."

New Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette (Concord)
August 31, 1853

Small Pox in Hampton, N. H. --- There is considerable excitement at present in the usually quiet town of Hampton, N. H., caused by the appearance of the small pox in town. Last spring a stranger visited the town, was taken sick with the small pox, and to prevent all danger of contagion, a house was erected at the north part of the town, and there he was nursed. After his recovery, it was designed that the building should be torn down, but this precaution was neglected and the house was suffered to remain. A few weeks since a number of children visited the vicinity in quest of berries, and entering the house, found some old clothes left hanging on the wall. With these they played for some time, and then returned home. Soon one of them was taken sick with the small pox, but little was thought of it, and he attended school all the time, the disease not being recognized. One and another was attacked, and on inquiry being made, the above facts were elicited. There are now several cases in town, but energetic measures are being taken to prevent the further spread of the disease. --- Boston Traveller.

New Hampshire Patriot and State Gazette (Concord)
October 31, 1866

Deaths. At Hampton, Sept. 19, George H. aged 6 yrs. Sept. 22, Annie L. aged 4 yrs. Sept. 23, Charles W. aged 8 yrs. Oct. 10, Josephine A. aged 12 yrs. Oct 19, Mary H. aged 10 yrs. Octo. 20, Willie A. aged 2 yrs, 10 moks. all of diptheria, and children of J. Worthen and Sarah M. Dearborn.

The New York Times
January 9, 1882

AN OLD NEW-HAMPSHIRE HOMESTEAD. From the Portsmouth (N. H.) Chronicle,
Jan. 5.

One of the old homesteads of the town of Hampton has recently passed from the family name -- a name in which it had been held from the first settlement of the town in 1639. The first house built on the place was burned in 1677. By the help of the inhabitants of the town, another house was immediately put up, and stood for 105 years; this house was taken down in 1782, and another one built on the same site, the third house being still standing and in a good state of preservation. During the 242 years there have been 44 births and 19 deaths on the place of persons bearing the family name. Four of the deaths were of infants, 2 of persons of adult age, and 13 of persons of mature years; the average age of the 13 was 79 years, and the average age of 11 of the 13 was 84 years. Mrs. Susan Page, the last to hold the place in its old name, died last April at an advanced age; her two daughters, Mrs. Cole and Mrs. Getchell, now hold it.

The New York Times
July 9, 1892

An Old Man Murdered. Portsmouth, N. H., July 8. --- The inhabitants of Hampton are greatly excited over the finding of the body of Josiah Wasson on the bank of Hampton River about 6 o'clock to-night. For the past sixty years Mr. Wasson, who was seventy years old, lived at the house of Mrs. Dorothy Ward, about half a mile from the centre of the village. On Tuesday morning Wasson left the house shortly after breakfast, and since that time was not seen until his body was found to-day.

The Selectmen, Coroner Rider, and Sheriff Collins of this city were notified, and Dr. M. F. Smith viewed the remains. A bad wound near the left eye and a large bruise just above the right ear caused Coroner Rider to order an inquest. The wounds were made by some blunt instrument and Wasson evidently met his death by foul play.

The New York Times
January 19, 1897

AN OLD ABOLITIONIST DEAD. Jonathan Drake, Who Aided Many a Slave to Escape. LEOMINSTER, Mass., Jan. 18. --- Jonathan Drake, an old-time abolitionist, died Sunday. He leaves a widow eighty-one years old.

He was born in Hampton, N. H., June 22, 1804, came to Leominster in 1839, and for the past fifty years had occupied the same house. When the anti-slavery movement was at its height, Mr. Drake conducted public meetings, and was otherwise an active Garrisonian. He was a personal friend of Garrison, Wendell Phillips, George Thompson, M. P., and through his efforts they addressed anti-slavery meetings on several occasions.

Drake's house was a station of the "Underground Railway" through which slaves made their escape from the South. When the noted Shadrack escaped from the Boston Court House in 1851 he came straight to Leominster, and was shielded by Drake, who dressed the negro in woman's clothes and assisted him on to Canada. James Jackson, a slave of Jefferson Davis, was also befriended in a similar manner.

Aside from being an Abolitionist, Mr. Drake as a strong no-license and anti-tobacco advocate. He was a Jeffersonian Democrat, and cast his ballot for the re-election of Andrew Jackson in 1832. After that he refrained from voting for any President.