John Baker (representative)

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John Baker
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1811 – March 4, 1813
Preceded by James Stephenson
Succeeded by Francis White
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Berkeley County
In office
Alongside Magnus Tate
Personal details
Born 1769
Frederick County, Maryland
Died August 18, 1823 (aged 53–54)
Shepherdstown, Virginia
Political party Federalist
Alma mater Washington College
Occupation lawyer

John Baker (1769 – August 18, 1823)[1] was an American politician who represented Virginia in the United States House of Representatives from 1811 to 1813.


Baker was born in Frederick County, Maryland but his birth date is unknown. He attended Washington College (now Washington and Lee University), Lexington, Virginia for three years. Later, he studied law. He was admitted to the bar and began practice in Berkeley County, Virginia (now Jefferson County, West Virginia).

Baker was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1798–1799. He was one of the lawyers who defended Aaron Burr when he was tried for treason. He was elected as a Federalist to the Twelfth Congress (March 4, 1811 – March 3, 1813) with 56.44% of the vote, defeating Democratic-Republican Daniel Morgan. After leaving Congress, he resumed the practice of law. He was the Commonwealth attorney for Jefferson County. He died in Shepherdstown, Jefferson County, Virginia (now West Virginia) in 1823 and is buried in the Old Episcopal Church Cemetery.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
James Stephenson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Francis White