Raymond Thomas Baker

Raymond Thomas Baker

Birth
Eureka, Eureka County, Nevada, USA
Death 28 Apr 1935 (aged 56)
Washington, District of Columbia, District of Columbia, USA
Burial Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA
Plot CLM 49, 1, 1
Memorial ID 166714297 · View Source
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Raymond T. Baker was born in Eureka, Nevada in 1877, the son of George Washington Baker and Mary Agnes (Hall) Baker. He was educated at the University of Nevada, Reno and at Stanford University.

After college, Baker became involved in gold mining, being one of the first investors active in Rawhide, Nevada. He became a rich man when he sold his claims. He then moved east and had a brief romantic relationship with Elinor Glyn.

Baker had a longtime interest in prison reform. In 1911, Raymond T. Baker became warden of the Nevada State Prison, a position he held from February 1, 1911 to May 10, 1912. In 1915, Baker traveled to Russia to become confidential secretary to United States Ambassador to Russia George T. Marye, Jr.

In 1917, President Woodrow Wilson named Baker Director of the United States Mint and Baker held this office from March 1917 until March 1922.

On June 12, 1918, Raymond married Margaret (Emerson) Vanderbilt, widow of Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt I.

In the 1926 Senate elections, Baker sought election as United States Senator from Nevada on the Democratic ticket, but was defeated by the Republican incumbent, Tasker Oddie.

After a decade of marriage, Raymond and Margaret divorced. On December 4, 1928, he married a second time, to Delphine (Dodge) Cromwell, daughter of Horace Elgin Dodge and ex-wife of James H. R. Cromwell.

Baker died on April 28, 1935, approximately three months after suffering a heart attack.


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Gravesite Details S/W: Baker, George Washington

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  • Maintained by: Dave Johnson
  • Originally Created by: Kurt
  • Added: 9 Jul 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 166714297
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Raymond Thomas Baker (22 Nov 1878–28 Apr 1935), Find A Grave Memorial no. 166714297, citing Mountain View Cemetery, Oakland, Alameda County, California, USA ; Maintained by Dave Johnson (contributor 47872017) .