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Congressional Cemetery, 1801 E St SE, Washington, DC 20003, USA

John A. Baker (1840 - May 6, 1929) was prominently identified with civic affairs, clubs and institutions in Washington, DC.

John A. Baker was, together with cofounder of Metropolitan Club Seaton Munroe, member of the Misanthrope Club, whose members were largerly bisexual or homosexual. Baker was the son of Thomas and Mary Baker. He was born in Washington, D.C., and was a civic leader and business man.

Baker's civic work included services as secretary of the Committee of One Hundred through which resulted the present form of government of the District in 1874. He also served as chairman of a special committee to select jurors. He always maintained an active interest in all matters pertaining to the welfare of the District.

Baker was an organizer and one of the oldest members of the Metropolitan Club, and served as chairman of its executive committee and member of its board of governors for a number of years, in addition to serving as chairman of the committee which selected the site for and had charge of erecting the present Metropolitan Interments in the Historic Congressional Cemetery Club at Seventeenth and H streets. He also was one of the oldest members of the Chevy Chase Club and belonged to the Grasslands Association.

In addition, Baker was a descendant of founders of Garfield Hospital and served as chairman of its executive committee and member of its board of directors for a number of years.

Engaged in the chemical fertilizer business, Baker maintained his principal plant on the water front in Georgetown and had subsidiary plant buildings at Germantown, Md.; Seneca, Md., and on Louisiana avenue.

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