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John Harris Baker letter

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2646

Scope and Contents

This collection contains one photocopy of a letter to Wilber from John Harris Baker dated August 7, 1876. The letter contains information about the case of Abbott v. Frost.

There is also an oversize folder with a mathematics notebook, a portrait, and an indenture regarding land in Fayette County dated 1826 (OB001).


  • 1876/08/07; 1826; undated


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

John Harris Baker was born in Parma Township, Monroe County, New York on February 28, 1832. He attended the Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio and later studied law in Adrian, Michigan. He was admitted to the bar in 1857 and began his law practice in Goshen, Indiana. He became a member of the Indiana Senate in 1862 but was unseated because he was also a notary public and the state constitution forbad holding two lucrative offices.

He was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1875 and served until 1880 when he declined to be a candidate. He then returned to Goshen and resumed his law practice. He was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1888. He was appointed to the United States District Court for Indiana by President Harrison in 1892 and served until his retirement in 1904. He resided in Goshen until his death on October 21, 1915.


United States Congress. "Baker, John Harris." Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed October 31, 2006.


0.06 Cubic Feet (1 folder, 1 medium oversize folder)

Language of Materials



This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Elkhart County Historical Society on 1969/08/19.


No further additions are expected.

Related Materials

Materials relating to this collection may be found in the following collections in Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN:

OB001: John Baker oversize collection

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 2006/10 by Barbara Hilderbrand. EAD finding aid created in 2006/10 by Barbara Hilderbrand. EAD finding aid updated 2015/11/13 by Edythe Huffman.
John Harris Baker letter
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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