Samuel Gardner Drake, an American author, born at Pittsfield, N. H., Oct. 11,1798. He was educated at the common schools of the neighborhood, and between the ages of 20 and 27 was a district school teacher. He removed to Boston, and in 1828 established an antiquarian book store, the first of its class in the United States. In 1825 his literary and antiquarian labors commenced with the republication with notes of Church's "Entertaining History of King Philip's War," of which several editions have since appeared. In 1833 he reprinted five old tracts, which, with the preceding work, comprise in his opinion all that can be recovered in relation to King Philip's war. In 1832 appeared his "Indian Biography," and in 1833 the "Book of the Indians, or History and Biography of the Indians of North America," a work of high authority for facts, and of which the 11th edition, much enlarged, appeared in 1851. His remaining publications on Indian history are "Old Indian Chronicles" (183G), " Indian Captivities " (1839), " Tragedies of the Wilderness" (1841), "Introduction and Notes to Hubbard's Indian Wars" (2 vols., 1865), "The old Indian Chronicle " (a new series, 1867), and " History of the Five Years' French and Indian War " (1870). Among his important contributions to American history are a "Memoir of Sir Walter Raleigh" (1862), "Introduction and Notes to Mather's Relation" (1862), and "Annals of Witchcraft in the United States" (1869). Mr. Drake was one of the founders of the New England historical and genealogical society, its president in 1858, and for many years editor of its quarterly "Register." In 1858-'60 he resided in London. - His son, Francis S. Drake, published in 1872 a "Dictionary of American Biography " (1 vol. 8vo, Boston; new ed., 1874).