David J. Baker

David Jewett Baker
United States Senator
from Illinois
In office
November 12, 1830  December 11, 1830
Preceded by John McLean
Succeeded by John M. Robinson
Personal details
Born (1792-09-07)September 7, 1792
East Haddam, Connecticut
Died August 6, 1869(1869-08-06) (aged 76)
Alton, Illinois
Resting place City Cemetery
Alton, Illinois
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Hamilton College

David Jewett Baker (September 7, 1792  August 6, 1869) was an American politician in the U.S. state of Illinois. He briefly served as a U.S. Senator in 1830.

Early life

Baker was born in East Haddam, Connecticut and moved with his parents to Ontario County, New York as a child. He attended the common schools and in 1816 he graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York.[1] He studied law and was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1819. The first place he practiced law was Kaskaskia, Illinois.

Political career

He served in various political positions in Illinois, and was probate judge of Randolph County from August 1827 to December 6, 1830 when he resigned to become a Senator. Baker was appointed as a Democrat to the U.S. Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of John McLean and served from November 12, 1830 to December 11, 1830, when a successor was elected and qualified. He thus is one of only a few people who have served in congress for less than a month.

Baker was not a candidate for election in 1830 to fill the vacancy, and was appointed United States Attorney for the district of Illinois in 1833 and served until 1841. He resumed the practice of law, and died in Alton, and was interred in City Cemetery.


  1. "Class of 1816 Letter David Jewett Baker". Hamilton College. Retrieved July 9, 2014.

United States Senate
Preceded by
John McLean
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Illinois
Served alongside: Elias Kane
Succeeded by
John McCracken Robinson

This article is issued from Wikipedia - version of the 2/26/2016. The text is available under the Creative Commons Attribution/Share Alike but additional terms may apply for the media files.