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James Heaton Baker, American soldier.


Baker, James Heaton was born on May 6, 1829 in Monroe, Ohio, United States. Son of Henry and Hannah Woodruff (Heaton) Baker.


Bachelor of Arts, Ohio Wesleyan University, 1852, A.M., 1851.


2d, Zula Bartlett, December 23, 1879. Secretary of State of Ohio, 1854-1856. Elected secretary State of Minnesota, 1857.

Re-elected, 1861 (resigned to enter army, 1861). Commissioned colonel 10th Minnesota Vol. Infantry, November 16, 1862.

Served with General H. H. Sibley in Indian War, 1862-1863. Ordered to Missouri, 1862. Placed in command of post of City of St. Louis under General Schofield.

Provost marshal, Department of Missouri, under General G. M. Dodge. Bvtd. brig.-general vols., March 13, 1865. “for faithful and meritorious services”.

Mustered out of service, October 21, 1865. United States commissioner of pensions under President Grant, 1871-1875. Surveyor-general of Minnesota, 1875-1879.

State railroad commissioner, 1881-1886. Purchased, 1879. The Union and Record, Republican newspapers, Mankato, Minnesota, combined the two and formed the Mankato Free Press, of which was editor public for several years.


  • Other Work

    • Author: The Lives of the Governors of Minnesota, 1908.


The Gospel shows the manner and the necessary work to be done, by which salvation can be achieved. This is human responsibility to innovate, sponsor, and evaluate new forms of community living.


The use of force should be supported, but only in extreme situations and only when the need is clear beyond reasonable doubt, and through appropriate international organizations.


The very idea that one gender is superior to another should be rejected as well as the erroneous notion that members of one gender may receive love, power, and esteem only at the expense of another.


Married Rose Lucia Thurston, 1851 (died 1873).

Henry Baker

Hannah Woodruff (Heaton) Baker

Rose Lucia Thurston