1826 – Born on October 13th in Stafford, New York. Lafayette Baker, the head of the U.S. Secret Service during the Civil War.
1848 – Baker left his home in Michigan, where the family had moved when he was a child, and worked at a variety of occupations in the West.
1852 – Baker married Jennie C. Curry.
1856 – He joined the San Francisco Vigilance Command.
1861 – Volunteered to penetrate Confederate lines to obtain information for the North.
1862 – He was the chief of the United States Secret Service.
1867 – He wrote History of the United States Secret Service.
1868 – Baker testified before the House Judiciary Committee during Johnson’s impeachment trial.
– Died on July 3rd in Philadelphia of spinal meningitis and fever.