John Harris Baker

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John Harris Baker
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Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Indiana
In office
March 29, 1892 – December 8, 1902
Appointed byBenjamin Harrison
Preceded byWilliam Allen Woods
Succeeded byAlbert Barnes Anderson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 13th district
In office
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1881
Preceded byDistrict established
Succeeded byWilliam H. Calkins
Personal details
Born
John Harris Baker

(1832-02-28)February 28, 1832
Parma, New York
DiedOctober 21, 1915(1915-10-21) (aged 83)
Goshen, Indiana
Resting placeOakridge Cemetery
Goshen, Indiana
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceGoshen, Indiana
EducationWesleyan University (A.M.)
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John Harris Baker (February 28, 1832 – October 21, 1915) was a United States Representative from Indiana and a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Indiana.

Education and career[edit]

Born on February 28, 1832, in Parma, Monroe County, New York,[1] Baker moved with his parents to what is now Fulton County, Ohio, where he attended and later taught in the common schools.[2] He received an Artium Magister degree in 1879 from Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.[3][1] He read law in Adrian, Michigan and was admitted to the bar in 1857.[2] He entered private practice in Goshen, Indiana from 1857 to 1875.[1] He was a member of the Indiana Senate in 1862,[1] but, being a notary public at the time, was unseated because the Constitution of Indiana forbade the simultaneous holding of two lucrative offices.[2]

Congressional service[edit]

Baker was elected as a Republican from Indiana's 13th congressional district to the United States House of Representatives of the 44th, 45th and 46th United States Congresses, serving from March 4, 1875, to March 3, 1881.[2] He declined to be a candidate for renomination in 1880.[2] Baker resumed private practice in Goshen from 1881 to 1892.[1] He was a delegate to the 1888 Republican National Convention.[2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

Baker was nominated by President Benjamin Harrison on March 24, 1892, to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Indiana vacated by Judge William Allen Woods.[1] He was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 29, 1892, and received his commission the same day.[1] His service terminated on December 8, 1902, due to his retirement.[1]

Retirement and death[edit]

Following his retirement, Baker resided in Goshen.[2] He died on October 21, 1915, in Goshen.[1] He is interred in Oakridge Cemetery in Goshen.[2]

Family[edit]

Baker was the brother of Lucien Baker, a United States Senator from Kansas.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i John Harris Baker at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i United States Congress. "John Harris Baker (id: B000068)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  3. ^ Monks, Leander John (20 April 2019). "Courts and Lawyers of Indiana". Federal Publishing Company – via Google Books.

Sources[edit]

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

1875–1881
Succeeded by
William H. Calkins
Legal offices
Preceded by
William Allen Woods
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Indiana
1892–1902
Succeeded by
Albert Barnes Anderson