Biography of Richard M. Baker
Madison County, NY Biographies





Baker, Richard M., son of Matteson and Sophia E. (Byer) Baker, was born in Clinton, N. Y., July 29, 1843. His father was a Methodist minister and a prominent advocate of the cause of temperance; for some years he published a temperance organ at Utica, called the Washingtonian News. Richard M. Baker was educated in the public schools of Utica, and at Whitestown Seminary. He learned the printing trade in the office of the Utica Observer where he remained two years, and then went to Hamilton as foreman of the Democratic Union which W. H. Baker had established in that village. He continued in that position until the death of W. H. Baker, which occurred in 1872, and then, in company with S. A. Maxon, purchased the paper. Mr. Baker has been identified with the Union since its establishment, and is consequently well known throughout the county. He served four and a half years as postmaster in Cleveland's last administration. He is a stockholder and director of the Oneida Valley National Bank; a vestryman of St. John's Episcopal Church; and a member of Oneida Lodge, No. 270, F. & A. M. He married, in 1862, Frances M., daughter of Warren M. Rice of Hamilton. Four children have been born of this union: Clinton R.; Mrs. H. L. Sanford; Mabel A.: and Richard M., Jr.

FROM:
Our County and it's people
A Descriptive and Biographical Record of
Madison County, New York
Edited by: John E. Smith
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1890


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