Jehu Baker

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Jehu Baker

Jehu Baker (November 4, 1822 – March 1, 1903) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.

Born near Lexington, Kentucky, Baker moved with his father to Lebanon, Illinois, in 1829. He attended the common schools and McKendree University. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1846, entering private practice in Belleville, Illinois. He served as master in chancery of St. Clair County, Illinois from 1861-1865.

Baker was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-ninth and Fortieth Congresses (March 4, 1865-March 3, 1869), defeating incumbent William R. Morrison. He served as chairman of the Committee on Expenditures in the Post Office Department (Thirty-ninth Congress), Committee on Education and Labor (Fortieth Congress). In 1876, he campaigned in Illinois for Rutherford B. Hayes, who rewarded him by appointing him as United States Minister to Venezuela (1878–1881 and 1882–1885).

Baker was elected as a Republican to the Fiftieth Congress (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1889). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1888 to the Fifty-first Congress. He continued the practice of law.

Baker was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1897-March 3, 1899). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1898 to the Fifty-sixth Congress. He resumed the practice of law. He died in Belleville on March 1, 1903, and was buried in Walnut Hill Cemetery.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William R. Morrison
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 12th congressional district

March 4, 1865-March 3, 1869
Succeeded by
John B. Hay
Preceded by
William R. Morrison
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 18th congressional district

March 4, 1887-March 3, 1889
Succeeded by
William St. John Forman
Preceded by
Everett J. Murphy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 21st congressional district

March 4, 1897-March 3, 1899
Succeeded by
William A. Rodenberg
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Thomas Russell
United States Minister to Venezuela
8 March 1878–5 September 1881
Succeeded by
George W. Carter
Preceded by
George W. Carter
United States Minister to Venezuela
16 May 1882–20 June 1885
Succeeded by
Charles L. Scott

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.