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William H. Baker, born in Lenox, Madison county, January 17, 1827, came to West Monroe with his parents; studied law in Mexico and Fulton; was admitted in 1851, and has practiced in Constantia village ever since. He has held various important positions.
William B. Baker, a son of William H., was born in Constantia, was admitted in April 1894, and is now practicing temporarily in that village. (p. 255)


William H. Baker was born in Lenox, Madison county, N. Y., January 17, 1827. Samuel P. Baker, his father, a native of Marcellus, N. Y., was a son of Joseph Baker, who was born in Massachusetts, and whose wife was Phoebe Elliott, of Pompey Hill, Onondaga county. In 1821 he married Mary H., daughter of Samuel Atherton and Betsey Henny, natives of Massachusetts and Chesterfield, N. H., respectively. In 1829 he settled permanently in West Monroe, where he lived at the time of his marriage and where all but their second and third children were born. Of the family seven attained maturity and six are now living: Mary M. (Mrs. John Rill) deceased; Olivia L. (widow of James Armstrong, of New Hartford, N. Y.); William H. ; George O. (first), who died aged four; S. Park, a lawyer of Youngstown, Niagara county: George O., a lawyer of Clyde; Alonzo E., a manufacturer of New Hartford; and Ashley Delos, a lawyer (and ex-county judge), of Gloversville. Samuel P. Baker died in Gloversville, April 21, 1888. His wife's death occurred in West Monroe, October 4, 1882. William H. Baker, the eldest of the sons, was educated in the common schools and at the academies of Red Creek and Mexico, attending one term at Red Creek and one half a term at Mexico. He was at first a salt barrel cooper, and then a carpenter and joiner. He also taught school four winters, his last term being at Pulaski. He studied law with judge Cyrus Whitney of Mexico, and finished with Seth Burton of Fulton, being admitted to the bar at Syracuse in November, 1851. The following January he began practice in Cleveland, N. Y., but in August, 1852, removed to Constantia where he has since resided. He continued the active practice of law until 1874, since which time he has devoted his attention mainly to his farm of 400 acres on the west side of the village. and bordering on the north shore of Oneida Lake. In a political capacity Mr. Baker has been specially prominent. "Sired by :1 Whig and nursed by a Whig mother," he naturally became a Republican upon the organization of that party. He was elected district attorney of Oswego county in 1862, appointed to a vacancy by Gov. Reuben E. Fenton in 1866, and re-elected in the fall of that year, serving until December 31, 1869. In 1874 and again in 1876 he was elected to Congress from the 24th Congressional district, comprising the counties of Oswego and Madison and served in the 44th and 45th Congresses. In 1893 he was elected a delegate from the 22d Senatorial District to the Constitutional Convention, which met in Albany in May, 1894. October 27, 1850, Mr. Baker married Sarah, daughter of William and Sarah (Boots) Barnes, natives of England. Mr. and Mrs. Barnes settled in Constantia in 1830 where the former still resides. Mrs. Barnes died October 25, 1893. Mrs. Baker was born in Constantia December 15, 1834. The children of Mr. Baker are as follows: Sarah C., wife of Selah W. Hallenbeck, of Gloversville, born February 22, 1864; William Barnes, born January 30, 1869, admitted to the bar at Syracuse in April, 1894, now a practicing lawyer in Oswego; and Mary Adeline, born May 2, 1873, now a student at Syracuse University. (p. 165)


Source: Churchill, John C.  Landmarks of Oswego County, New York. Syracuse, N. Y.: D. Mason & Company, Publishers, 1895, pp. 165 & 255.


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