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Lafayette Curry Baker
Birth: Oct. 13, 1826
Stafford
Genesee County
New York, USA
Death: Jul. 3, 1868
Philadelphia
Philadelphia County
Pennsylvania, USA

Civil War Union Brigadier General. His entire military career, and life, was controversial. Many of his early years are unrecorded except by his own apparent exaggeration, and much of his writing is considered to be fabrications. At the start of the Civil War, he supposedly was a spy for General Winfield Scott. Secretary of War Stanton made Baker a "special agent" with a "roving commission", which allowed him to work outside regular army jurisdiction. He later was appointed head of the "National Detectives", a precursor to the Secret Service. In charge of tracking down Lincoln's assassins, some reports name him as the man who shot John Wilkes Booth. Promoted to Brigadier General of Volunteers on April 26, 1865, he was a witness against President Andrew Johnson in his impeachment trial, where he couldn't produce the evidence he said he had against Johnson. General Baker was diagnosed in 1863 as having "cerebral congestion" and, in the fall of 1865 as having meningitis. Mustered out in January, 1866, he died in Philadelphia in 1868 at the age of 41. Originally buried in the Mutual Family Cemetery, his remains, and all others in this cemetery, were moved en masse to Forest Hill Cemetery. All of graves from the Mutual Family Cemetery are unmarked, but according to local cemetery historians, the location of these re-interments are "behind the Hanover-Kensington M.E. Church Memorial". (bio by: Joe Ferrell) 
 
Burial:
Forest Hills Memorial Park
Huntington Valley
Montgomery County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Behind Hanover-Kensington Memorial Plot
 
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Originally Created by: Joe Ferrell
Record added: Nov 15, 2003
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Lafayette Curry Baker
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Lafayette Curry Baker
Added by: Joe Ferrell
 
Lafayette Curry Baker
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- Marilynn Johnson
 Added: Mar. 28, 2014
Raised in Portland, Michigan.
- Marilynn Johnson
 Added: Sep. 30, 2013
Remember... "Lafe" Baker. I am sorry you were simply erased from history; you were a good man with high values and ethics. You tried to make it right and they poisoned you with arsenic laced into your beer. "Johnson did it". Rest in peace my friend.
- L.J. Kelley
 Added: Apr. 4, 2013
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