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Encyclopedia > George Fisher Baker
Cover of Time Magazine (April 14, 1924)
Cover of Time Magazine (April 14, 1924)

George Fisher Baker (born Troy, NY, March 27, 1840, died May 2, 1931) was a U.S. financier and philanthropist. He provided much of the initial funding for Harvard Business School. Beside that, he made several large donations to charitable causes throughout New York City and funded the construction of Baker Field, Columbia University's primary athletic facility. He also provided $2 million for Baker Library at Dartmouth College, which has since become one of the school's symbols. A co-founder of the First National Bank of New York in 1863, he became the Bank's President in 1877 and Chairman of the Board in 1909. Mr. Baker's 20,000 shares in the First National Bank were worth twenty million dollars. He was also the largest stockholder in the Central Railroad of New Jersey. He was a director in 22 corporations, which, together with their subsidiaries, had aggregate resources of $7,272,000,000 and he presumably had stock in at least as many corporations. Image File history File links 1101240414_400. ... Image File history File links 1101240414_400. ... 1840 is a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1931 (MCMXXXI) is a common year starting on Thursday. ... The United States of America — also referred to as the United States, the U.S.A., the U.S., America, the States, or (archaically) Columbia—is a federal republic of 50 states located primarily in central North America (with the exception of two states: Alaska and Hawaii). ... Financier (IPA: /ˌfi nãn ˈsjei/) is an elegant term for a person who handles large sums of money, usually involving money lending, financing projects, large-scale investing, or large-scale money management. ... A philanthropist is someone who devotes his time, money, or effort towards helping others. ... Harvard Business School Harvard Business School, also known as HBS, is one of the graduate schools of Harvard University and one of the worlds leading management schools. ... The construction of the Empire State Building, 1930. ... Columbia University is a private university in the Morningside Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City. ... Baker Library is the main library at Dartmouth College. ... Dartmouth College is a small private university in Hanover, New Hampshire, and a member of the Ivy League. ...

Baker was the son of George Ellis Baker and Eveline Stevens. He married Florence Tucker Baker (daughter of Benjamin Franklin Baker and Sophronia J. Whitney) in 1869, and was the father of:

  1. Evelyn Baker (1870-1936) m. 1891 Howard Bligh St. George
  2. Florence Bellows Baker (1876-1936) m. William Goadby Loew
  3. George Fisher Baker, Jr. (1878-1937) m. Edith Brevoort Kane

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Dartmouth Life - In Memoriam: George F. Baker III (354 words)
George F. Baker III, an adopted member of the Class of 1949, and one of the College's most generous supporters, died in December when the plane he was piloting disappeared off the coast of Nantucket.
George Baker's generous gifts during the renovation of Baker Library and the building of the Berry Library provided major support for the project, which was completed in 2002 with the dedication of the Baker-Berry Library complex.
George F. Baker III was the senior trustee of the George F. Baker Trust, a foundation that supports education and medicine.
AllRefer.com - George Fisher Baker, (Business Leaders, Biography) - Encyclopedia (294 words)
Troy, N.Y. Baker was one of the founders of the First National Bank of New York in 1863 and became (1877) its president and then (1909) chairman of its board of directors.
Baker was closely associated with the interests of the house of Morgan; he helped finance James J. Hill in building his railroad empire and backed him in the fight to control the Northern Pacific RR.
Baker himself became a leading figure in the world of railroad organization and finance and gained a commanding influence in insurance, utilities, and the steel and rubber industries.
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