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Col. Edward Dickinson Baker (2-24-1811 to 10- 21-1861). The famous orator was born in London. In 1816, the family left England and immigrated to Philidelphia. Elected to the Illinois House of Representatives on July 1, 1837. Became a close friend of Abe Lincoln. In 1851, after failing to receive a cabinet appointment under President Franklin Pierce, Baker moved to San Francisco. In 1860 he moved to Oregon, where he was elected as a Republican to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy in the term beginning March 4, 1859. His service began on October 2, 1860. On October 21, 1861, Baker was killed at the Battle of Ball's Bluff. He was the only Congressman to die in the Civil War. Baker is buried in Section OSD, Site 488, San Francisco National Cemetery. Named for him, Baker County was created on September 22, 1862.
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Col. Edward Dickison Baker

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