Baker, James (1848 - 1925)

Genre: Non-Fiction - Scholarly

Pioneering educator and author James Hutchins Baker was born and raised in Harmony, ME. He received his B.A. from Bates College (1873) and became a local schoolmaster and high school principal. Due to reasons of health, he moved west and in 1874 was appointed principal of East Denver (CO) high school, where he remained for the next 17 years. In 1892, he became the third president of the University of Colorado in Boulder, an institution only 15 years old and with only 66 students. When he retired as president emeritus in 1914, he had established a graduate department, a law school, a college of engineering, and the student body numbered over 1000. He was called "The Eliot of the West" after Charles Eliot of Harvard and was recognized for advancing the cause of education in the West.

Selected Bibliography

  • Education and Life: Papers and Addresses (1900)
  • American Problems: Essays and Addresses (1907)
  • Educational Aims and Civic Needs (1913)
  • American University Progress And College Reform Relative To School And Society (1916)
  • After the War--What? (1918)
  • Of Himself and Other Things (1922)

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