John Lewis Baker


John Lewis Baker



John Lewis Baker was born on March 27, 1882 in Oxford, Ohio. He earned his bachelor degree from Miami University in Oxford, and in 1910 his LL.B. from the Indiana University, Bloomington School of Law. He practiced law in Indianapolis, and then joined the law school faculty in 1914. In 1917, when the United States entered World War I, he left the law school and enlisted in the United States Army. He was a Captain in the Quartermaster Corps, eventually serving in France. Upon his discharge, he moved to New York City and began his career as a corporate attorney in the insurance business. In 1934, he joined the Reliance Insurance Company of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as vice president and general counsel. In 1940, he became the chair of the Haverford Township (Delaware County, Pennsylvania) Wendell Willkie Club. Baker had taught Willkie when they were both at the Indiana University School of Law. Baker said he remembered Willkie “as one of the most brilliant of my students, and he was just as interesting a chap at school as he is in business and public life.” During World War II, he rejoined the U.S. Army at the age of 60, and when the war ended, he resumed his position with Reliance Insurance. He retired in 1948, and he died at his home in Butler County, Ohio on October 27, 1960.


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John Lewis Baker