Edgar Crow Baker

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Edgar Crow Baker
Edgar Crow Baker.jpg
Member of the Canadian Parliament
for Victoria
In office
Serving with Noah Shakespeare (1882-1887)
Edward Gawler Prior (1888-1889)
Preceded byJohn A. Macdonald
Amor De Cosmos
Succeeded byThomas Earle
Personal details
Born(1845-09-16)September 16, 1845
Lambeth, Surrey, England
DiedNovember 3, 1920(1920-11-03) (aged 75)
Political partyConservative

Edgar Crow Baker (September 16, 1845 – November 3, 1920) was a Canadian politician from British Columbia.

Baker was born in Lambeth, then part of Surrey, England, the son of Edward William Whitley Baker, and was educated at the Royal Hospital School in Greenwich. In 1860, he entered the Royal Navy, serving as a navigating lieutenant and retiring at the rank of major in 1878. In 1869, he married Frances Mary Jones.[1] He settled in Victoria, British Columbia and became a prominent accountant, real estate conveyancer and notary. Baker, often known as Crow Baker professionally, prospered and became one of the wealthiest men in the city. Baker served as the Grandmaster of the Masonic Grand Lodge of British Columbia. He entered civic politics as an alderman in Victoria. Baker switched to federal politics when Prime Minister John A. Macdonald vacated his seat in the Victoria district to return to an Ontario seat. He was elected to parliament as a Conservative, along with colleague Noah Shakespeare in the 1882 federal election. Baker was re-elected in 1887 but would later resign his seat, in 1889.