John Baker Letter
7 August 1876
1 folder

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Processed by: Barbara Hilderbrand, October 2006

Biographical Note:

John Harris Baker was born in Parma Township, Monroe County, New York on February 28, 1832. He attended the Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio and later studied law in Adrian, Michigan. He was admitted to the bar in 1857 and began his law practice in Goshen, Indiana. He became a member of the Indiana State Senate in 1862 but was unseated because he was also a notary public and the state constitution forbid holding two lucrative offices.

He was elected to Congress in 1875 and served until 1880 when he declined to be a candidate. He then returned to Goshen, Indiana and resumed his law practice. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1888. He was appointed to the United States District Court for Indiana by President Harrison in 1892 and served until his retirement in 1904. He resided in Goshen, Indiana until his death on October 21, 1915.

Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. United States Congress. 31 October 2006 <>

Scope and Content Note:

This collection contains one photocopy of a letter to Wilber from John Harris Baker dated August 7, 1876. The letter contains information about the case of Abbott v. Frost.

Item Listing:

1 Folder

1876 Aug. 7 Baker, John Harris to Wilber, ALS

Collection Information:

Size of Collection:

1 folder (1 item)

Collection Dates:

7 August 1876


Elkhart County Historical Society, 19 August 1969

Access: This collection is open for research.



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Language Materials are entirely in English

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