J. Thompson Baker

Jacob Thompson Baker ( * April 13, 1847 in Cowan, Union County, Pennsylvania, † December 7, 1919 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania ) was an American politician. Between 1913 and 1915 he represented the State of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives.


J. Thompson Baker attended the common schools and then studied at Bucknell University in Lewisburg. After a subsequent law degree in 1870 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he began to work in Lewisburg in this profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career. In 1905, he led the regional Democratic Party in Pennsylvania. He then moved to New Jersey, where he was one of the founders of the city of Wildwood. In the years 1911 and 1912 he was mayor of this place. In 1912 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in part in Baltimore, was nominated at the Woodrow Wilson as a presidential candidate.

In the congressional elections of 1912 Baker was in the second electoral district of New Jersey in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of John J. Gardner on March 4, 1913. As he defeated Republican Isaac Bacharach in 1914, he was able to complete only one term in Congress until March 3, 1915. During this time, the 16th and the 17th Amendment to the Constitution were ratified.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Thompson Baker worked in Wildwood real estate business. He died on December 7, 1919 in Philadelphia.