History of the Federal Judiciary

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Baker, William Eli
Born February 25, 1873, in Beverly, WV
Died June 4, 1954, in Beverly, WV

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
Received a recess appointment from Warren G. Harding on April 4, 1921, to a seat vacated by Alston B. Dayton; nominated to the same position by Warren G. Harding on April 14, 1921. Confirmed by the Senate on May 3, 1921, and received commission on May 3, 1921. Served as chief judge, 1948-1954. Assumed senior status on April 3, 1954. Service terminated on June 4, 1954, due to death.

West Virginia Conference Seminary (now West Virginia Wesleyan College), B.S., 1893
West Virginia University, A.B., LL.B., 1896

Professional Career:
Private practice, Elkins, West Virginia, 1896-1921
Special counsel, U.S. Sen. S. B. Elkins, West Virginia
Special counsel, U.S. Sen. H. G. Davis, West Virginia
Prosecutor, Randolph County, West Virginia, 1900-1912


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