George Baker

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Baker, George Fisher (27 March 1840 - 2 May 1931)

A financier and philanthropist, once called the third richest man in the world, Baker was a member of the New York Unitarian Church of All Souls.

He had been one of the founders (1863) of the First National Bank of New York and became its president (1877) and chairman of its board of directors (1909).

Closely associated with the house of Morgan, Baker helped finance James J. Hill in building a railroad empire and became a leading figure in the world of railroad organization and finance.

Among his various philanthropic bequests were $6 million to found and support the Harvard graduate school of business administration; $2 million to Cornell University; $1 million to build the Baker Memorial Library at Dartmouth; and the money for Baker Field of Columbia University.