John E. Baker

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John E. Baker

Electoral District at-large
Succeeded by Gary Grant

Biographical Information

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John E. Baker was the first elected African-American to serve on the Albemarle County School Board or as that board's chair.


Baker was born on August 15, 1932 and grew up in Buffalo, New York. He moved to Charlottesville in 1971. After retiring from the United States Army in 1983, he became involved in local affairs and served as an appointed member of the county School Board. After his first wife died, he moved back to Buffalo and became vice president of Erie County Community College. Baker moved back to the county in 1991 after remarrying. He died on December 7, 2005. [1]

Election history

Baker was elected as the at-large member. Baker-Butler Elementary School is named after him. [1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Web. HOUSE JOINT RESOLUTION NO. 108, 2006 Session, Virginia House of Delegates, retrieved July 25, 2011.