District Attorney Profile

Herbert M. Baker

Herbert M. Baker (DA 1933-1941)

HERBERT M. BAKER (1879 - 1958)

Eighth Judicial District, 1933 - 1941

Herbert M. Baker, a Colorado native, was admitted to the bar in 1908 and began his law practice in his home town of Greeley. He served as a Weld County judge from 1913 to 1921 before moving his practice to Loveland and then to Longmont.

In 1916, in a published letter to voters, Baker claimed to have tried more bootlegging cases than any other judge in Colorado and, in one case alone, he ordered the destruction of 12,000 pints of whiskey.

Baker was well-known for the December 1936 trial of a former Greeley police chief, acquitted in the murder of rancher Ray Butler.

In his later years, Baker spent many of his summers at Glen Haven, between Loveland and Estes Park.  In addition practicing law, he was an essayist and poet. According to the writer of his obituary, “His articles and poems reflected his keen sense of justice and humor.”

Baker retired in Longmont where he died and was cremated.

Photo: City of Greeley Museums, Permanent Collection (Greeley Tribune)