Baer, George Frederick was born on September 26, 1842 in Somerset Company, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Solomon and Anna Maria Baer.
Educated Somerset Institute, Somerset Academy and Franklin and Marshall College (honorary Master of Arts, 1875, Doctor of Laws, 1886). At 13 entered office of Somerset Democrat. Worked at printing trade over 2 years and with his brother became owner of that paper in 1861.
Raised volunteer company August, 1862. Elected captain, joined Army of Potomac at 2d Bull Run and took part in all engagements up to and including Chancellorsville, when he was detailed as adjutant general 2d brigade.
Admitted to bar, 1864. Removed to Reading, 1868. Counsel for Philla. & Reading R.R., 1870, and later a director.
For years confidential legal adviser in Pennsylvania of J. Pierpont Morgan. Took prominent part in reorganization of Philadelphia & Reading R.R., 1893. Elected, April, 1901, president Philadelphia & Reading Railway Company, Philadelphia & Reading Coal & Iron Company, and Central Railroad Company of New Jersey Trustee Franklin and Marshall College, since 1872, president of the board, since 1894.