Biography of Frank Baxter
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FRANK BAXTER, Superior Judge of Yuma County, even before coming to Yuma, was one of the best known and most popular attorneys in Arizona. Since his residence in Yuma county he has held nearly every position within the gift of the people of that county. He has been successively City Attorney, Assistant District Attorney, and at the last election was elected Superior Judge by one of the largest majorities ever given an elective officer in Yuma county. Judge Baxter is a Virginian, having been born near Petersburg in 1853. His father was Thomas H. Baxter, who was in the United States customs service until the Civil War, holding an important position in Philadelphia. His mother, before her marriage, was Miss Anna E. Van Horn, of the Van Horns of North Carolina. So it will be easily seen that Judge Baxter came to Arizona an ardent Democrat, eminently qualified to become a party leader, an honorable attorney and a judge of ability and integrity, to whom the whole people could pin their faith as to his honesty, fairness, justice and ability; and such have the people of Yuma found him to be. As city recorder of Phoenix he made an excellent reputation and was elected to the position of probate judge, with the office of superintendent of schools ex officio. His wide experience as a jurist and attorney made him the logical candidate for the speakership of the Seventeenth Territorial Assembly and he was elected practically without opposition. He later served as chief clerk of the Nineteenth legislative assembly. His record in official life was such that when he left Phoenix to go to Yuma, Frank Baxter left a large circle of friends behind.

He is a graduate of the Philadelphia public schools and later supplemented this with a course at the Chester Military Academy, Chester, Pa. He studied law in the offices of E. C. and V. S. Lovell of Elgin, Ill., the former a probate judge of that county.

As Superior Judge of Yuma county he has presided with dignity and fairness and no jurist in the state has a larger clientele of friends and admirers than he.

In 1914, no doubt, he will be reelected by an even larger majority than that given him in 1911.

From:
Who's Who in Arizona
Vol 1
Compiled and Published by Jo Conners
Press of The Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona 1913


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