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George Luis Baker (1868–1941) was an American businessman and politician who served as mayor of Portland, Oregon, from 1917 to 1933.[1]

George Baker
George L. Baker.jpg
39th Mayor of Portland, Oregon
In office
June 2, 1917 – June 2, 1933
Preceded byH. Russell Albee
Succeeded byJoseph K. Carson, Jr.
Personal details
Born(1868-08-23)August 23, 1868
The Dalles, Oregon, U.S.
DiedMay 16, 1941(1941-05-16) (aged 72)
Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ProfessionBusinessman, politician

Baker was born in The Dalles and attended school in California. Working in the theatrical business, Baker started the Baker Stock Company at the Baker Theater at Third and Yamhill Streets in Portland. He spent nine years as a member of the city council and two years as Commissioner of Public Affairs before being elected mayor.[2]

The October 18, 2012 edition of the Portland Mercury listed Baker as the Second Worst Mayor in Portland history because he had "proudly posed for a photo shoot with hooded members of the Ku Klux Klan and felt his greatest accomplishment of mayor was 'removal of subversives'," particularly members of the Industrial Workers of the World union.[3]

Baker died on May 16, 1941.[1]


  1. ^ a b "George Luis Baker (1868–1941)". Oregon Historical Society. Retrieved February 15, 2016.
  2. ^ "George L. Baker is out for Mayor". The Morning Oregonian, March 20, 1917, p. 20.
  3. ^ "Worst Mayors Ever". Portland Mercury. Portland, Oregon. October 18, 2012. Retrieved June 22, 2015.

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Preceded by
H. Russell Albee
Mayor of Portland, Oregon
Succeeded by
Joseph K. Carson, Jr.