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Charles Simeon BAKER

(1839-1902)

BAKER, Charles Simeon, a Representative from New York; born in Churchville, Monroe County, N.Y., February 18, 1839; attended the common schools, Cary Collegiate Institute of Oakfield, and the New York Seminary at Lima; taught school; studied law; was admitted to the bar in December 1860 and commenced practice in Rochester, N.Y.; served in the Union Army during the Civil War as first lieutenant, Company E, Twenty-seventh Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry; disabled in the first Battle of Bull Run and honorably discharged; member of the New York State assembly 1879-1882; served in the State senate in 1884 and 1885; elected as a Republican to the Forty-ninth, Fiftieth, and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1891); chairman, Committee on Commerce (Fifty-first Congress); resumed the practice of law in Rochester, N.Y.; died in Washington, D.C., April 21, 1902; interment in Mount Hope Cemetery, Rochester, N.Y.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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