Biography of George H. Baker
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Baker, George H., was born in Paris, Oneida county, May 28, 1846, and was only an infant when his parents moved into Herkimer county, where his boyhood was spent, and his early education was derived in the common schools and West Winfield Academy. At the age of seventeen, in 1863, Prof. S. G. Williams, a half brother, induced him to come to Ithaca, where he was employed at first in the office of the Ithaca Democrat. He afterward acted as clerk in the stores of Wilgus Bros. three years, J. T. Morrison six years, and with James Quigg three years. In 1885 Mr. Baker started in business for himself by establishing a meat market at the corner of Cayuga and Green streets, where he has ever since been located. In politics he is a Democrat, and has held offices of honor and trust in his town. January 5, 1892, he was elected president of the Tompkins County Agricultural Society, and reelected in January, 1893. He was the candidate of his party in 1893 for the office of county treasurer, but the regular Republican majority defeated him. Mr. Baker married in 1872 Helen M. Martin, niece of William S. Hoyt, one of the early business men of this town.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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