Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
BAKER, David Jewett (1792-1869)

BAKER, DAVID JEWETT, a Senator from Illinois; born in East Haddam, Conn., September 7, 1792; moved with his parents to Ontario County, N.Y.; attended the common schools and graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y., in 1816; studied law; admitted to the Illinois bar in 1819 and commenced the practice of law in Kaskaskia, Ill.; probate judge of Randolph County from August 1827 until December 6, 1830, when he resigned to become Senator; appointed as a Democrat to the United States 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; was not a candidate for election in 1830 to fill the vacancy; appointed United States district attorney for the district of Illinois in 1833 and served until 1841; resumed the practice of law; died in Alton, Madison County, Ill., August 6, 1869; interment in City Cemetery.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library
Springfield, IL
Papers: 1830-1831. 71 letters. Describe trip to Washington and the political and social scene in the capital.


Chicago Historical Society
Chicago, IL
Papers: Ca. 20 miscellaneous items in various collections.

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