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James McNair Baker

(d. 1892)

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At a Glance

James M. Baker was a very prominent lawyer, jurist, and politicianin Florida. He was a graduate of Davidson College. He began his law career in Lumberton, but was made very ill with typhoid fever and chose to move to Florida. He became very prominent in the state as a state’s attorney and politician. He was a Confederate Congressman during the Civil War, living in Richmond for the duration. After the War he resumed the practice of law sought to salvage Florida’s affairs from the extremes of “reconstruction.” He and was made a judge of the fourth judicial district of Florida. Baker County, Florida is named in honor of James M. Baker.


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Important Dates

James McNair Baker was born in Robeson County, NC. James died on June 20, 1892, and was buried in Evergreen Cemetery.

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