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Melvin Houston Baker

Melvin Houston Baker, American manufacturer executive.


  • Baker, Melvin Houston was born on August 11, 1885 in Sevierville, Tennessee, United States. Son of Joseph and Amanda (Fox) Baker.

  • Education

    • Student Carson Newman College, Doctor Industrial Science (honorary), 1953. Doctor of Science, University Maryland., 1953, Canisius College, 1956. Doctor of Laws, Alfred University, 1956.


    • Salesman Willer Manufacturing Company, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1908-1912. Salesman Beaver Board Company, 1912-1914, sales manager, 1914-1922. Vice president American Manufacturers Foreign Credit Underwriters, 1922-1924.

      Vice president National Gypsum Company, 1925-1928, president, 1928-1952, chairman board of directors, 1952-1965, honorary chairman, 1965-1976. President National Gypsum Company (Canada), Ltd. Director Manufacturers and Traders Trust Company, Sheraton Corporation of America.


    Denomination: Presbyn


    Member capital expenditures committee City of Buffalo, 1959. Trustee National Safety Council since 1944. Former trustee of The Art Institute of Chicago (Buffalo).

    District Chairman of Commission Economics Development, 1944-1946. Member advising committee Buffalo United War and Community Fund, 1943-1976. Trustee Canisius College.

    Fellow A.I.M.; member Newcomen Society N. American, N.A.M. (director 1944-1945, 52-54), Academy Political and Social Science, Buffalo Chamber of Commerce (president 1939-1940), United States Chamber of Commerce (member board of directors 1948-1949, 52-55, 56-57, vice president 1955-1956), American Cancer Society (general chairman New York, 1956). Clubs: Buffalo, Buffalo Country, Metropolitan (New York).


    • Married Frances Yeager, April. Children: Melvin H. Junior.
    • father: Joseph Baker
    • mother: Amanda (Fox) Baker
    • spouse: Frances Yeager
    • child: Melvin H. Jr Baker
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    Died June 25, 1976
    (aged 90)