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Edward Dickinson Baker papers

 Collection — Box: 4
Identifier: MS-SC67

Scope and Contents

Consists of legal documents and letters. The legal documents were produced during Edward Dickinson Baker's legal practice in Illinois, including documents from cases where Baker worked with Levi Davis, Milton Hay, Josephus Hewett and Josiah Lamborn (arranged chronologically within partner name). Includes an appeal bond for Baker and A. H. Burritt regarding an assault and battery charge and Baker’s signature on a promissory note dated July 22, 1840. Letters include one Baker wrote to Eliza Browning, February 1, 1844, asking her to convince her husband, Orville H. Browning, to be Whig candidate in the upcoming congressional race against Stephen A. Douglas; Baker to Henry E. Dummer, 1847 and 1850, suggesting Dummer enter a local political race and apologizing for an unintentional slight; Baker to George W. Reeves (Rives), May 13, 1849, recommending Rives and enclosing a letter to Mr. Ewing; Baker to Samuel Gordon, December 31, 1849, referring Gordon’s complaint to the postmaster general; and one note of Baker to the Secretary of War, War Office, n.d., accepting the Secretary of War's invitation.


  • Created: 1827-1850


Biographical / Historical

Edward Dickinson Baker (1811-1861) was born in London, England, and immigrated with his Quaker parents to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1815), New Harmony, Indiana (1825), and Belleville, Illinois, 1826, where Baker worked with his father as a drayman. He later moved to Carrollton, Illinois (1830), where he opened a law practice and subsequently moved to Springfield, Illinois. A Whig, Baker served in the Illinois House of Representatives (1837) and Illinois State Senate (1840-1844), U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois (1845-1847, 1849-1851), and after moving to Oregon in 1860, in the U.S. Senate to fill a vacancy. Baker served as a colonel in the Mexican War and the American Civil War, and died at the Battle of Balls Bluff, Virginia, October 21, 1861.


1 folder : 27 items

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