Newton D. Baker: A Biography

Newton D. Baker: A Biography

Newton D. Baker: A Biography

Newton D. Baker: A Biography

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NEWTON DIEHL BAKER II was born on December 3, 1871, in Martinsburg, West Virginia, the child of Confederate parents still living in the shadow of the Civil War. It was during the trying years of Reconstruction when friends and neighbors went about in gray military trousers because there was nothing else to wear. Born within five miles of the Potomac River he recollected that he swam in it as a boy, fished it as a youth, and romanced over it as a young man until the stream held Biblical connotations for him as "The river Kishon, that ancient river, the river Kishon." As a child he also played in the hills near Harper's Ferry, and remembered a cave where it was claimed that John Brown had set up a forge and had manufactured thirty thousand spearheads for the slave insurrection that never came off. When Baker moved to northern Ohio in 1899, he was to say that he "was a carpetbagger in reverse, although I was never made to feel so. . . ."

Martinsburg is located at the northern entrance of the . . .

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