Colonel William A. Phillips

William Hewitt Baker (April 29, 1831 – February 11, 1910) was a U.S. Representative from Kansas. Born near Centerville, Washington County, Pennsylvania, Baker attended public school and graduated from the Waynesboro College in 1856. He was married to Philena Griffith in Washington County, Pa., November 25, 1858, with whom he had 3 sons and 5 daughters. He was a teacher and moved to Iowa in 1859 to become the principal of the public schools in Council Bluffs. Baker studied law, and in 1860, he was admitted to the bar, but never practiced.

In 1865, Baker returned to Beallsville, Pennsylvania. From 1865–1878, he engaged in mercantile pursuits.

In 1878, he moved to Lincoln County, Kansas, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock raising.

As a Populist, Baker was elected to the Fifty-second, Fifty-third, and Fifty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1891 – March 3, 1897). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1896, and he resumed agricultural pursuits.

Baker died in Lincoln, Kansas at 4:15 p.m., February 11, 1910 and was interred in Lincoln Center Cemetery. His obituary was published in the Lincoln Sentinel, February 10, 1910.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Erastus J. Turner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kansas's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
Nelson B. McCormick