Eber Baker

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Eber Baker (b. April 27, 1780 - d. October 6, 1864, Marion, Ohio can be credited as being the Father not the founder of Marion, Ohio. Baker was born in either Litchfield or Bowdoin, Maine.

Baker and his first wife, Lydia Smith Baker, came to the vicinity of what is now Marion settling in two squatters log cabins near the south side of the plat. Alexander Holmes had bought land for the first plat for Marion. He had it drawn up and signed by himself and Eber Baker on April 3, 1822. The plat was then received and recorded by the Delaware County Recorder April 18, 1822. Samuel Holmes a practical surveyor, was employed by Mr. Baker to survey the village plat. Samuel was a brother of Alexander Holmes. Eber Baker became Alexander Holmes’ agent (Proprietor) for selling off the village lots from the first town plat of Marion. The squatters log cabin was about 1/4 mile north of Jacobs Well, a natural spring well that had been dug during the War of 1812 by Jacob Foos, a surveyor for General William Henry Harrison. The town plat was named Marion after the newly formed county of the same name; Marion was then chosen as the county seat of government, beating out nearby Claridon, Ohio to the east. A local middle school was named after him.

Baker would go onto serve in the Ohio House of Representatives. He also constructed and operated the Mansion House, in downtown Marion.

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