Biography of William T. Baker (1849- )
History of Lincoln County, Missouri (Chicago: Goodspeed Publishing Co., 1888) page 504.

William T. BAKER, school commissioner of Lincoln County, is the son of David W. and Matilda P. (FITZHUGH) BAKER.  The father was a native of Virginia, and in boyhood was brought to this State by his parents, who settled in Montgomery County.  The mother was born in Tennessee, and moved with her parents to the last named county while still an infant.  She here married Mr. BAKER and became the mother of ten children, seven now living.  The father was a farmer, and was also a trader in livestock.   He was a prominent man in the county, having held the office of judge of the county court, and had been representative of the county, and he and wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He died in 1865, but the mother is still living.   William T. BAKER was born January 16, 1849, in Montgomery County, Mo., and after attending the common schools and an academy, he entered Bryant & Stratton's Commercial College, at St. Louis, in 1870.  After finishing his commercial course he came to Lincoln County, worked in the county clerk's office, kept books, studied and was admitted as an attorney to practice law, and for about eleven years taught school in that county.   He then went to the National Normal University at Lebanon, Ohio, and completed the teacher's course and a course in civil engineering.  He then returned and taught mathematics and bookkeeping in the Troy High School.  In 1853 he was called to McCune College, Louisiana, Mo., where he taught mathematics and natural science, and the following year he became connected with the Farmers' & Mechanics' Savings Bank in Troy, as assistant cashier and bookkeeper.  He is an Odd Fellow and a Mason, belonging to the Blue Lodge and the Chapter.  He is a Democrat in his political views, and a good man.  In 1885 he was appointed to serve an unexpired term as county school commissioner, and was elected to the same office in 1887.  He is highly competent, both as an educator and a businessman.

File submitted to HERITAGE PAGES of LINCOLN COUNTY, MISSOURI by Betty Lavy Krieg, 30 Oct. 2000.  Link change or update: 19 November 2000

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