William Baker (British politician)

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Sir William Baker (5 November 1705 – 23 January 1770) was an English merchant and politician, a Member of the Parliament of Great Britain and Governor of the Hudson's Bay Company. [1]

He was the son of John Baker, a London draper. He became an Alderman of London in 1739 and a director of the East India Company in 1741-5, 1746-50 and 1751-53. He was also deputy chairman (1749, 1751-52), chairman (1749-50, 1752-53), Deputy Governor (1750-60) and the 11th Governor (1760-70) of the Hudson’s Bay Company. He was knighted in 1760.

He was MP for Plympton Erle from 1747 to 1768.

He died in 1770. He had married Mary, the daughter of Jacob Tonson, publisher, and with her had 6 sons and a daughter.

The community Baker Lake in Nunavut, Canada was named after him.[2][3][4]


Parliament of Great Britain
Preceded by
Richard Edgcumbe
George Edgcumbe
Member of Parliament for Plympton Erle
With: George Treby 1747–1761
George Hele Treby 1761–1763
Paul Henry Ourry 1763–1768
Succeeded by
Paul Henry Ourry
William Baker