OREGON IS COMMEMORATING THE SESQUICENTENNIAL OF THE DEATH OF OUR 2ND US SENATOR EDWARD BAKER DURING THE 200TH ANNIV. OF HIS BIRTH
2011 AND 2012 PROJECTS SET TO HONOR SENATOR BAKER.
The first project started in Spring 2011, with the passage of Oregon Senate Bill 809 on Tuesday, May 10, and the forwarding of the legislation for the signature of Governor Kitzhaber. As a result of SB809, every February 24th starting in 2012, will become "Edward Dickinson Baker Day" in Oregon. This project was started by members of the Sons of Union Veterans, Col. Edward D. Baker Camp under the leadership of Randy Fletcher and Steven Betschart; and had the firm support of historians, a Lincoln presenter and members of both the Oregon Lincoln Bicentennial and Oregon Civil War Sesquicentennial Commissions.
This singular honor is finally being conferred upon Oregon's second U.S. Senator, after a delay of seven score and 10 years. Widespread recognition is finally bringing attention to our second US Senator, who guided Oregon in the first two years of statehood, and who gave his life in defense of the Union leading his troops in the October 21 Battle of Ball's Bluff in Virginia, 150 years ago during the Civil War.