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Hugh Cossart Baker
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Birth: Dec. 9, 1846
Ontario, Canada
Death: Jun. 4, 1931
Ontario, Canada

Businessman, telephone pioneer. On June 20, 1877, Hugh Cossart Baker, Jr. started up the first commercial telephone service in Canada in the city of Hamilton, Ontario. Then in 1878, he made the first telephone exchange in the British Empire. This was also the second telephone exchange in all of North America.
Hugh Cossart Baker Jr., educated in Galt, enlisted in the 13th Battalion Volunteer Militia Infantry and carried the colours against the Fenians at the battle of Ridgeway on 1 June 1866. He was instrumental in forming the Hamilton Street Railway Company, the Hamilton Real Estate Association, and the Canada Fire and Marine Insurance Company. Baker conceived the idea of using a telegraph line between his house and the houses of two fellow chess players, enabling each player to telegraph his moves to his opponents. He organized the West Side Domestic Telegraph Company and a telegraph wire was strung between his house and that of his friends. On 29 August 1877, the first telephone transmissions took place where more than two telephones operated on one circuit. They were the second telephones to be leased in Canada. Baker started the Hamilton District Telegraphy Company on 15 July 1878, the first in the British Empire and ninth in the world. In May 1879, lines were extended to Dundas, establishing the first long-distance line in Canada. Baker attended Christ's Cathedral, was a member of many clubs, including the Garrick Club, the Leander Boat Club, the Spinning Wheel (bicycle) Club, the Tamahaac Club, the Hamilton Thistle Club, and the Hamilton Club. 
Family links: 
  Hugh Cossart Baker (1818 - 1859)
  Emma Wyatt Baker (1824 - 1859)
  Marion Mabel Matthews Baker (1845 - 1931)
  Hugh Cossart Baker (1871 - 1962)*
  Hugh Cossart Baker (1846 - 1931)
  Frances Amelia Baker (1849 - 1930)*
  Catherine Eliza Baker (1854 - 1903)*
  George Percival Baker (1857 - 1915)*
*Calculated relationship
Hamilton Cemetery
Hamilton Municipality
Ontario, Canada
Created by: Ian Baker
Record added: Apr 22, 2012
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