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Joshua Baker

March 23, 1799
Home Town:
Mason County, KY
Later Residences:
St. Mary's Parish, LA
Lyme, CT
Mississippi Territory
Frances Stille Baker (unknown)
Catherine Pullon Baker (December 22, 1832)
Biographical Notes:
Joshua Baker was born on March 23, 1799 in Kentucky. In 1803, his father moved the family to the Mississippi Territory, and in 1811 they moved again, this time to Oaklawn Plantation in St. Mary Parish. He entered West Point from Louisiana on September 18, 1817, and graduated in 1819. In July of that year he received an appointment as a second lieutenant in the Artillery Corps. In addition, Baker served as an assistant professor of engineering at West Point and was on the West Point Board of Examiners until his resignation on October 31, 1820. After leaving West Point, Baker attended the Litchfield Law School in 1821, and upon his return to Kentucky he was admitted to the bar in 1822. He opened his first law practice in Opelousas, Louisiana, and in 1829 he moved to St. Mary's Parish where he ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from West Point Academy in 1819.

Profession / Service
Educator; Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Kentucky in 1822
Political Party:
State Posts:
Military Governor (LA) 1867
Local Posts:
Judge (St. Mary's Parish, LA) 1829

help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Litchfield Eagle, 7 October 1822.; Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School (Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849), 17.
Secondary Sources:
The National Cyclopedia of Americian Biography, Vol. 10. NY: James T. White and Company, 1900.

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