SENATOR ENOCH MARVIN BAKER of Fort Payne, was born March 2, 1879, in DeKalb County, the son of Andrew Tyler and Eliza Jane (McSpadden) Baker, the former a native of Tennessee, who served as a private from Cherokee County in the Confederate States Army, and located at Fort Payne at the close of the war; grandson of Rufus Morgan and Annie Elizabeth (Culpepper) Baker, of Tennessee, who located in Cherokee County; the former serving in the Confederate States Army, and of Samuel R. and Mary Reece McSpadden of DeKalb County.
Senator Baker was educated in the public and private schools of DeKalb County and attended North Alabama College at Fort Payne for one term, and the school of preparation at Sulphur Springs and Springville. He taught school in DeKalb, Cherokee, and Etowah counties, at the same time studying law at night. He was admitted to the bar August 17, 1912, and DeKalb County in 1919, and was judge of the County Court 1927—1931. During the World War he served on the Legal Advisory Board, was director of Red Cross, County Food Administrator, a 3-Minute Speaker, and confidential advisor to the Secretary of War. He is a Democrat, a Methodist and a Mason.
He married June 19, 1918, at Rising Fawn, Georgia, Mary Alma, daughter of William Lee and Mary Ellen (Norwood) Allison, of that place. Their children are Martha Elnora and William Tyler.
Source: Mrs. Frank R. Stewart, Cherokee County History, 1836—1956, Volume 2 (Centre, Alabama, 1959), p. 443. Reprinted with permission.