Biography of Michael A. Baker
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Baker, Michael Alexander, son of Michael and Jane Eliza (Dixon) Baker, was born in South Dartmouth, March 20, 1839, and is a member of one of the oldest "Cape Cod families," and his father, who died in the ninety second year of his age, after an active life mostly spent at sea, was well known in this vicinity as a captain in the coastwise trade. Michael A. Baker. like his father and most of his brothers, chose the sea as an occupation, and, after attending the public schools of Dartmouth for a short time, he shipped on a whaler as a foremost hand, being at this time seventeen years old, and he rose by successive steps to boat steerer, third mate, mate and master. In this capacity he sailed for twenty years, part of the time from New Bedford, for Swift & Akins, and Jonathan Bourne; three years from Chili, South America, and the balance of the period for Wright, Boone & Co., James McKenna and the Pacific Steam Whaling Company, all of San Francisco, Cal. Captain Baker retired from active service in 1895, having gained a reputation among owners as one of the most capable and reliable captains in the whaling business. He is a member of the Star in the East Lodge of Masons, and the Chapter and Council. He married, in 1883, Sarah S., daughter of John C. and Rebecca Weeks of Dartmouth, and they had two daughters: Helen E. and Hettie W. (deceased).

Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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