Baring, British family of bankers. Sir Francis Baring (1740-1810) founded (1763) the John and Francis Baring Company, which he renamed Baring Brothers and Company in 1806. At first the firm acted as import and export agents for others, but it soon became an independent merchant bank. Sir Francis, a close associate of William Pitt the Younger, helped finance the Napoleonic Wars and underwrote marine insurance. He was succeeded by his son Alexander Baring (later 1st baron Ashburton; 1774-1848), who was a pioneer in the financing of United States trade. He was (1834) president of the Board of Trade in the first administration of Sir Robert Peel and was raised to the peerage in 1835. He was the British commissioner sent to the United States in 1842 to negotiate the Webster-Ashburton Treaty. The family continued to manage the firm and by 1890 its importance to the British government was such that the Bank of England guaranteed their debts to save them from bankruptcy when Argentina defaulted (1890) on bond payments. Members of the Baring family were also notable public servants. The more important members of the family include Thomas George Baring, 1st earl of Northbrook (1826-1904), a Liberal statesman who served as a successful viceroy of India (1872-76); Evelyn Baring, 1st earl of Cromer; Maurice Baring (1874-1945), author; and George Rowland Stanley Baring, 3d earl of Cromer (1918-91), governor of the Bank of England (1961-66) and ambassador to the United States (1971-74).

See R. W. Hidy, The House of Baring in American Trade and Finance, 1763-1861 (1949).

Baring, Maurice, 1874-1945, English author. After a career in the diplomatic service, he turned to journalism in 1904. A war correspondent during the Russo-Japanese War, he wrote several books on Russia, including A Year in Russia (1905-6) and The Russian People (1911). In 1919, following service as staff officer in World War I, he began writing novels. His chief books include C (1924), Daphne Adeane (1926), and Tinker's Leave (1927). He also wrote poetry and plays.
Baring is a city in Knox County, Missouri, United States. The population was 159 at the 2000 census.

Baring is located on the Burlington Northern and Santa Fe railroad's mainline between Chicago and Los Angeles, which carries heavy mixed freight and intermodal traffic, as well as Amtrak's Southwest Chief passenger train.


Baring is located at (40.243973, -92.206779).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 159 people, 65 households, and 41 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,254.6 people per square mile (472.2/km²). There were 80 housing units at an average density of 631.2/sq mi (237.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.63% of the population.

There were 65 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.3% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 20.8% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 82.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,500, and the median income for a family was $32,500. Males had a median income of $25,000 versus $23,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,980. About 8.3% of families and 14.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.7% of those under the age of eighteen and 10.3% of those sixty five or over.


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