One of the Old North State’s most distinguished young members of the medical profession, was born in Edgecombe, 26 October, 1857 and received his early education at Horner and Graves’ Military School, at Hillsboro.

He then went to the Illinois Industrial University and later was one of Chapel Hill’s most brilliant students.  He graduated from the State University, in 1877, with first distinction, averaging the last year 100 marks in all the subjects, this being the highest attainable.  He studied medicine first at Belleview Hospital and received his M. D. from the University of Maryland, 1879.  He has since been practicing in Tarboro, in partnership with his father and has gained a special reputation in the branch of surgery.

The Doctor is Secretary of the State Medical Society, before which he has read papers, which show him to be not only an assiduous student of, but a thinker in medical and allied sciences; he delivered the annual oration before the meeting of the Society in 1883, at Raleigh, on the relation of the medical profession to modern science.

He is ex-prisident [sic] of the County Medical Society, County Superintendent of Health and belongs to the K. of H. and A. L. of H.  He is married to a daughter of Judge Howard and has a progeny of one.  Dr. Baker has that easy and quiet yet happy manner which sits so gracefully on the shoulders of the sickbed attendant; he is one of the popular young men of Tarboro, and proud distinction in his profession is assured for him.

Transcription from the book, Historical and Descriptive Review of North Carolina, written by John Lethem, published in 1885, pages 187-188, found on the website, Internet Archive (http://archive.org), accessed 20 February 2021.  Photograph from the book, Makers of America, published in 1916, page 559, found on the website, Internet Archive (https://archive.org), accessed 20 February 2021.

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