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Osmyn BAKER

(1800-1875)

BAKER, Osmyn, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Amherst, Mass., May 18, 1800; attended Amherst Academy; was graduated from Yale College in 1822; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Amherst in 1825; member of the State house of representatives 1833, 1834, 1836, and 1837; county commissioner of Hampshire County 1834-1837; elected as a Whig to the Twenty-sixth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the death of James C. Alvord; reelected to the Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth Congresses and served from January 14, 1840, to March 3, 1845; chairman, Committee on Accounts (Twenty-seventh Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1844; resumed the practice of law at Northampton in 1845; first president of Smith Charities 1860-1870; died in Northampton, Mass., February 9, 1875; interment in Bridge Street Cemetery.

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

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