Edward K. Baxter, private secretary to Mayor Gilmore of Utica, was born in this city, August 10, 1879, a son
of Francis K. and Susan (Kenney) Baxter. The father was also born in Utica, his natal day being October 10, 1855,
and the mother, likewise a native of this city, passed away when her son Edward was but four years of age. The
boy entered the public schools at the usual age and afterward attended Dr. Holbrook's Military School at Sing Sing,
New York, the Utica. Free Academy and the Hobart College at Geneva, New York. Attracted to the profession of the
law he began studying in preparation for practice in 1903, and after three years' thorough preliminary reading
was admitted to the bar in 1906. For seven years he was managing clerk in the law office of Jones, Townsend &
Rudd, and on the 1st of January, 1910, he entered upon the duties of secretary to Mayor Gilmore, which position
he has since acceptably filled, his knowledge of the law proving of marked value to him in this connection.
Mr. Baxter has an interesting military chapter in his life record covering three years' service, from 1903 until
1906, as a member of the Forty fourth Separate Company of the New York National Guard. In 1906 he joined the Utica
Citizens Corps Veterans Association. In politics he has been a democrat and is active as a worker in party ranks,
doing all in his power to promote the growth and success of the democratic organization in this district. He is
a member of St. John's Catholic church and belongs also to the Sigma Chi, a college fraternity, being affiliated
with Alpha Alpha chapter. He is also a member of the Arcanum Club and of the Democratic Association of Utica.
On the 21st of November, 1908, at Haddock, Georgia, Mr. Baxter was united in marriage to Miss Annie E. Williams,
a native of that state and a daughter of John T. and Anna E. (Barron) Williams and a descendant of the old and
prominent Barron family of Georgia, her ancestry being traced back to Samuel Barron, who was her maternal great
grandfather and a loyal soldier of the Revolutionary war. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Baxter has been born a little daughter,
Alice W., whose birth occurred February 3, 1911. The parents are well known socially in Utica and Mr. Baxter is
numbered among the enterprising young men whose natural ability and laudable ambition promise well for advancement
and success in the future.
History of Oneida County, New York
From 1700 to the present time
of some of its prominent men and pioneers.
By: Henry J. Cookinham
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company
Oneida County, NY
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