[p. 60] Leicester, Vt.
, and came to Medford
He lived and practiced in Medford
but a short time, yet he attained considerable prominence in the town and state as a politician.
had considerable practice, which was largely conveyancing and collecting.
He was, however, a man of ability, and early secured the confidence of the people.
He was a prominent Whig, and his contributions to the news sheets of the time on political affairs were favorably received by the people.
He was a man of commanding presence.
Though not a college man, he was well educated and became very popular and active in town affairs.
Elected to the school board in 1847, which position he filled for five years, his broad and progressive views soon overcame the narrow ideas of his associates, and compelled them to adopt a more liberal policy than they had ever dared to adopt before.
He was in the Massachusetts Senate in 1853.
He had offices in the Turrel Tufts house
, and in the railroad building soon after it was erected.
He married Miss Barr
of Ipswich, N. H.
, in 1847.
In 1856 he went to Chicago, Ill.
, where he died September 12, 1884.
Elihu Church Baker
was born August 2, 1825, in Campton, N. H.
He was an ardent politician, connected with the ‘Know-Nothing Party,’ and always more or less prominent in the political arena.
He began life as a merchant, but this being distasteful to him, he studied law and was admitted to the Suffolk
bar January 17, 1854.
In the early stages of the Rebellion
he was a war Democrat, turned into the Copperhead wing of the Democratic party, and supported McClellan
He was an eloquent, finished speaker, an able man, but not thoroughly grounded in legal principles or well read in elementary matters.
He was a successful criminal lawyer.
Being well read in general literature and a good story-teller, he was always a companionable man. He was very nervous.