Letters and documents of California businessman Robert Symington Baker.
Robert Symington Baker (1825-1894) came to California in 1849 from his birthplace in Rhode Island. Arriving in San Diego,
he went next to San Francisco, then settled in Los Angeles. He was prominently associated with Edward F. Beale in the local
petroleum and wool industries and also engaged in mining, banking, and real estate. Baker married Arcadia Bandini de Stearns
(widow of Abel Stearns) in 1874 and later built the Baker Block in downtown Los Angeles. He owned Ranchos San Vicente and
Santa Monica and, with John Percival Jones, founded the city of Santa Monica.
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