Biography of William V. Baker
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Baker, William V., was born in Troy, N. Y., June 16, 1836. His father, Lorenzo D. Baker, was born in the town of Schaghticoke, N. Y., in 1806, and came to Troy in 1824 and was for many years engaged in the forwarding, lumber and crockery isiness. He was a trustee of the Second Presbyterian church for many years and was also a prominent member of the Young Men's Association; he died in 1869. His mother, Charlotte A. (Van Buskirk) Baker, was of Dutch descent; some of her ancestors were in the Revolutionary war, and she died in 1844. William V. received his education at the Troy Academy and at the Graylock Institute, Williamstown, Mass. He then removed to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he remained for two years, went thence to Racine, Wis., and took a position in the Racine County Bank and was afterwards engaged in the commission isiness. He removed to Madison, Wis., and took a position in the State Treasurer's office and later returned to Racine, and was made secretary and treasurer of what is now the Western Division of the St. Paul Railroad For a number of years he held this position, and in 1869 came to Troy, and engaged in the crockery isiness, forming the firm of W. V. Baker & Co., afterwards Starkweather, Allen & Baker, and in 1880 retired from the business and was appointed general agent of the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. for Eastern New York. which position he still holds. He has been greatly interested in Sunday school work and was superintendent of the Memorial and Second Presbyterian churches Sunday schools, and is now one of the elders of the Second Presbyterian church. He is a member of Apollo Commander of Troy. He was married June 8, 1859, to Sarah F. Terry of Chicago, Ill. His children are John T., Louis H., Charles V., Charlotte A. and Anna T. Betts, Clarence E., was born in Brunswick, N. Y., September 13, 1846. His grandfather came to Brunswick in 1789 and died in 1860. His father, Joseph B. Betts, resides in a house in the vicinity of that which his grandfather went to live in when he came to Troy in 1789. His mother, Sarah E. Betts, is a daughter of Henry A. Clump, who has been county clerk for several terms. Clarence E. received his education at the ward and high schools. He was clerk of the Surrogate's Court from 1884 to 1890, clerk for the Board of Supervisors 1894 and 1894, afterwards again clerk of Surrogate's Court, which position he occupies at present. He belongs to Apollo Lodge, Chapter, and Commandery, and also is a member of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. He married Emily S. Van Arnum of Brunswick, N. Y., by whom he has one son.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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