Edward Dickinson Baker was Abraham Lincoln’s rival in a Congressional race in Illinois that the former president lost. After the race, Edward Dickinson Baker and Abraham Lincoln became friends. After serving in Congress, Baker moves to Oregon and was elected as a U.S. Senator.
During the U.S. Civil War, Baker continues to serve as a Senator and offered to directly help Lincoln with the military command. Baker served at the Battle of Ball’s Bluff, in Loundon County, Virginia, and became the only U.S. Senator to die in battle. In addition, Baker was the highest ranking Union Officer to die in the war.
Edward Dickinson Baker is buried at the Presidio in San Francisco, California.
During the 150th Anniversary of the U.S. Civil War, the State of Oregon held an event in honor of former Senator Baker.