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Supreme Court of Indiana
Division of State Court Administration
30 S. Meridian Street, Ste 500
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Dr. Elizabeth R. Osborn
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Justice Baker was born October 20, 1860, in Goshen, Indiana, and died March 15, 1924.19 He attended Indiana University from 1876 to 1878, but graduated from the University of Michigan in 1882 where he would later receive a Doctor of Law (LL.D.) in 1914.20 He went to Goshen, Indiana to read law with his father and uncle and was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1885.21
Many of his relatives were members of the legal profession including his father-in-law and his mother's brother.22 His father, John H. Baker, was a U.S. District Court Judge and two of his uncles served on the Indiana Supreme Court (the Honorable James S. Frazer (the 18th Justice) and the Honorable Joseph A. S. Mitchell (the 35th Justice)).23 Justice Francis E. Baker served on the Indiana Supreme Court from 1899 until January 5, 1902 when he was appointed a U.S. Circuit Court Judge.24
19. 4 JACOB PIATT DUNN, INDIANA AND INDIANANS: A HISTORY OF THE ABORIGINAL AND TERRITORIAL INDIANA AND THE CENTURY OF STATEHOOD 1771 (1991).
20. MEN OF PROGRESS, INDIANA 108-09 (Will Cumback & J.B. Maynard eds., Indianapolis, Indianapolis Sentinel Co. 1899).
24. 4 DUNN, supra note 19, at 1771.
Source: Browning, Minde C., Richard Humphrey, and Bruce Kleinschmidt. "Biographical Sketches of Indiana Supreme Court Justices." Indiana Law Review: Vol. 30, No. 1, 1997. View this source in PDF format.