BAKER, William, (1831 - 1910)


”The House of Representatives of the Fifty Third Congress” (detail), The Graphic Chicago, 1893, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

BAKER, William, a Representative from Kansas; born near Centerville, Washington County, Pa., April 29, 1831; attended the public schools and was graduated from the Waynesboro College in 1856; taught school; moved to Iowa in 1859 and became principal of the public schools in Council Bluffs; studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1860 but never practiced; returned to Bealsville, Washington County, Pa., in 1865; engaged in mercantile pursuits 1865-1878; moved to Lincoln County, Kans., in 1878; engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock raising; elected as a Populist to the Fifty-second, Fifty-third, and Fifty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1897); was not a candidate for renomination in 1896; resumed agricultural pursuits; died in Lincoln, Kans., February 11, 1910; interment in Lincoln Center Cemetery.