Jacob Baxter

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Jacob Baxter
Ontario MPP
In office
Preceded by Riding established
Succeeded by Joseph William Holmes
Constituency Haldimand
Personal details
Born (1832-06-06)June 6, 1832
Bertie Township in Welland County, Upper Canada
Died July 23, 1912(1912-07-23) (aged 80)
Political party Liberal
Spouse(s) Rose Griffith (m. 1860)
Occupation Physician

Jacob Baxter (June 6, 1832[1] – July 23, 1912[2]) was speaker of the Legislature of Ontario in 1887-1890 and served as Liberal MLA for Haldimand from 1867 to 1898.[3]

He was born in Bertie Township in Welland County, Upper Canada in 1832, the son of Jacob Baxter, former reeve of Bertie. He studied medicine, received the degree of M.D. from the University of New York and the Bellevue Hospital Medical College and set up a medical practice in Cayuga in partnership with his younger brother Benjamin. He also served as justice of the peace and as surgeon for the local militia unit - 37th Haldimand Rifles. In 1860, he married Rose Griffith.[1] He was defeated by John Senn in the 1894 general election but Senn's election was appealed and Baxter won the subsequent by-election. After retiring from politics, Baxter served as registrar for Haldimand County.[2] He is buried in the Riverside Cemetery, Cayuga, Ontario.


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