Jacob Thompson BAKER, Congress, NJ (1847-1919)


BAKER, Jacob Thompson, a Representative from New Jersey; born near Cowan, Union County, Pa., April 13, 1847; attended the public schools and Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1870 and commenced practice in Lewisburg, Pa.; chairman of the Democratic State convention in 1905; moved to New Jersey and was one of the founders of Wildwood and the borough of Wildwood Crest; first mayor of the consolidated city of Wildwood in 1911 and 1912; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1912; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-third Congress (March 4, 1913-March 3, 1915); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1914 to the Sixty-fourth Congress; resumed real-estate activities in Wildwood, N.J.; died in Philadelphia, Pa., December 7, 1919; interment in Cold Spring Cemetery, Cold Spring, Cape May County, N.J.

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