William Baker (New York)

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William Baker (April 14, 1795 – November 6, 1871) was an American lawyer and politician.

Life

Baker was born April 14, 1795 in Minden, Montgomery County, New York, the son of Thomas and Mary Baker. At the age of 22, he moved to Springfield, Otsego County, New York, to study law. In January 1826, he married Delia Bianca Crain of Warren, Herkimer County, New York. Her father was Rufus Crain, a prominent local physician, and her brother, William C. Crain, was Assembly Speaker in 1846.

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Springfield, New York Town in New York, United States

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Baker was a member of the New York State Assembly (Otsego Co.) in 1830, 1833 and 1834, and was Speaker in 1834.

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53rd New York State Legislature

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On May 25, 1836, he was appointed a Canal Commissioner, and served until the removal of all Democratic commissioners by the newly elected Whig majority in the State Legislature in February 1840.

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After his time in politics, he moved to Utica, where in 1845 he was chosen the first Recorder of the City (i.e. Deputy Mayor and City Judge). He was well known for his expertise in patent law.

Baker died on November 6, 1871, at his home in Utica, Oneida County, New York, and was interred in Forest Hill Cemetery in Utica.

Utica, New York City in New York ----, United States

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Oneida County, New York County in the United States

Oneida County is a county located in the state of New York, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 234,878. The county seat is Utica. The name is in honor of the Oneida, one of the Five Nations of the Iroquois League or Haudenosaunee, which had long occupied this territory at the time of European encounter and colonization. The federally recognized Oneida Indian Nation has had a reservation in the region since the late 18th century, after the American Revolutionary War.

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Preceded by
Charles L. Livingston
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
1834
Succeeded by
Charles Humphrey

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