100 Years in 100 Days: Newton D. Baker
100 photographs that define Shaker Heights
Shaker Heights Patch is celebrating the 100 years of Shaker Heights history by creating an online scrapbook. Each day for 100 days, we'll feature a photograph that helps tell the story of Shaker Heights.
Today's photo features Newton D. Baker, the former mayor of Cleveland who spent his last years as a Shaker Heights resident.
Newton D. Baker served as Cleveland's mayor from 1912 to 1916. He was influential in crafting the home rule amendment to the state constitution, and in drafting Cleveland's first home rule charter. During his tenure, Baker secured funding for the construction of a new municipal light plant for the company now known as Cleveland Public Power.
After serving two terms, Baker left public life for a short while and helped establish Baker, Hostelter and Sidlo. Two months after leaving office, however, he was appointed secretary of war under President Woodrow Wilson just as the United States entered World War One. He left that position in 1921, returning to Cleveland and his law firm. His clients included the Van Sweringen brothers.
Baker lived on South Woodland Road, in Shaker Heights, from 1923 until his death in 1937.
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Sources: "Biography of Newton D. Baker," - Ohiolink, "Baker, Newton Diehl" - Encyclopedia of Cleveland History, "We Proudly Hail: A Collection of Biographies of Famous Citizens of Shaker Heights" - Richard D. Klyver