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BAKER, Peter Carpenter, publisher, born in North Hempstead, New York, 25 March, 1822. Four of his ancestors were in the Revolutionary army. He was educated at Harlem academy, entered a book-store in New York, learned the printer's trade, and in 1850, with Daniel Godwin, established the firm of Baker and Godwin, which made a specialty of printing law-books and became widen known for fine work. In 1865 Mr. Baker established the law-publishing firm of Baker, Voorhis and Co., which is still in existence and has a large catalogue. Mr. Baker was one of the founders of the Metropolitan literary association, edited the "Steam Press," a patriotic periodical, during the civil war (1861-'5), and originated the plan for a statue of Benjamin Franklin in Printing-house square, New York, which was given by Albert De Groot. He early became known as a public speaker, delivering orations at Fort Independence, New York, 4 July, 1848" at Trenton, New Jersey, 4 July, 1849" and in the old Broadway tabernacle, New York, on the anniversary of Bunker Hill, 1853. He has published addresses and monographs, including, besides the orations noted above, "European Recollections" (New York, 1861) and " Franklin " (1865).
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