John Harris Baker

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
John Harris Baker

John Harris Baker (February 28, 1832 – October 21, 1915) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana and a United States federal judge, brother of Lucien Baker.


Early years and education[edit]

Born in Parma, New York, Baker moved with his parents to the present county of Fulton, Ohio. He attended the public schools and was a teacher before receiving an A.M. from Wesleyan University in 1879.[1] He read law in Adrian, Michigan and was admitted to the bar in 1857, commencing practice in Goshen, Indiana. He served as member of the Indiana State Senate in 1862, but, being a notary public at the time, was unseated because the Constitution of Indiana forbade the simultaneous holding of two lucrative offices.

Congressional service[edit]

Baker was elected as a Republican to the Forty-fourth, Forty-fifth, and Forty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1881). He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1880, and resumed the practice of law in Goshen. He served as delegate to the 1888 Republican National Convention.

Federal judicial service[edit]

On March 24, 1892, President Benjamin Harrison nominated Baker to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Indiana vacated by William A. Woods. Baker was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 29, 1892, and received his commission the same day. Baker retired on December 8, 1902, and thereafter resided in Goshen until his death. He was interred in Oak Ridge Cemetery.


Further reading[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
District created
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 13th congressional district

Succeeded by
William H. Calkins
Legal offices
Preceded by
William Allen Woods
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Indiana
Succeeded by
Albert Barnes Anderson