About Nathaniel B. Baker, Governor
Nathaniel Bradley Baker (September 29, 1818–September 11, 1876) was born in Henniker, NH. He graduated from Harvard University, studied law under Franklin Pierce, and passed the bar in 1842.
Baker's father, Abel J. Baker, Jr., owned a lumber mill and built a 2 1/2 story home for his family in the village of West Concord, NH in 1821 with lumber from his own mill. His son, Nathaniel, established a newspaper called the "Patriot" with a co-owner. He served as Clerk of the Court of Common Pleas in 1845. The following year, he was County Clerk for Merrimack County. In 1851, he assumed the position of Chief Fire Engineer for the city of Concord's Fire Department. In 1852, he helped organize the first Harvard-Yale Crew Race held on Lake Winnepesaukee. Active as a politician from Concord, New Hampshire, he served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives and as Governor of the state from 1854-1855 (one term).
After Baker's term as governor, he moved to Iowa to support the free state and was elected to the Iowa House of Representatives as a Republican in 1859. He was Iowa's Adjutant General throughout the Civil War serving from 1861 until his death in Des Moines in 1876.