FREEMAN O. R. BAKER, a member of the Menard county bar, practicing in Petersburg, was born in Salisbury, Illinois, January 26, 1875, his parents being O. R. and Polly Ann (Duncan) Baker. His paternal grandfather was John Baker, of Ohio, and the maternal grandfather was William Duncan, a native of Kentucky. Both were farmers and were prominent in their day and locality. O.R. Baker was also a farmer by occupation, and was a man of influence in his community. He took an active and helpful interest in public affairs, aided in shaping the public policy along progressive lines, and twice served as county treasurer of Sangamon county, Illinois.
Freeman O. R. Baker pursued his education in the public schools of his native town and in 1893 began teaching school at Sugar Point, in Menard county. He followed that profession for about seven years and during the last three years was principal of the first ward school in Petersburg. He gained an excellent reputation as an educator, his service giving general satisfaction, but desiring to become a member of the bar he devoted his leisure time to the study of law and was admitted to practice in 1900, after successfully passing an examination before the supreme court. The following year he was elected city attorney of Petersburg, and in October, 1901, he was appointed master in chancery of Menard county by the circuit court. His mind is analytical and in the preparation of his cases he is careful and painstaking, so that he presents his cause before the court in a clear, concise, logical manner.
Politically a Democrat, Mr. Baker takes an active interest in the work of the party and has contributed to its local success by his efforts for its growth. He regards the duties of citizenship as abundantly worthy of his best efforts and has been the champion of many measures which have proven of value to city and county. Fraternally he is connected with the Knights of Pythias lodge of Petersburg, in which he has filled all the chairs and he was one of the charter members of the Modern Woodmen camp, of which he served as the first venerable counsel.
In Springfield, Illinois, on the 1st of June, 1898, Mr. Baker was married to Miss Lura M. Primm, of Athens, Illinois, and unto them have been born two children, Corlin Primm and Margery Baker. The parents are widely and favorably known socially, and their circle of friends, like his practice, is constantly growing.