Thomas H. Baker

Thomas H. Baker

Full Name: Thomas H. Baker
Date of birth: 1817
Date of death: March 1, 1883

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 27 Feb 8, 1870 - Jan 13, 1874 12th (4) (5) (6)   13th (1) (2) (3)   Radical Republican Lockhart / Caldwell   Caldwell, Gonzales, Guadalupe

(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Apr. 24, 1873 [presented to Governor May 1, 1873 and became law without his signature], 13th Legislature, R.S., ch. 35, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) Republican. Directory of the Members of the Thirteenth Legislature of the State of Texas, 1873.
(3) "Returning radicals [to the 13th Legislature] were Thomas H. Baker, Webster Flanagan, S.W. Ford, Albert J. Fountain, Matthew Gaines, Phidello W. Hall, Henry Rawson, George T. Ruby, William A. Saylor, and Robert P. Tendick," p. 145. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
(4) 12th Legislature - "Senator Thomas H. Baker of Lockhart . . . begain as a Radical, then shifted to liberal Repubican," p. 89. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
(5) 12th Legislature, 1st C.S. - Drawing for Terms of Office, 5/2/1870, pp. 51-52. Drew 6-year term. Senate Journal.
(6) Party affiliation, Radical. Roster of members, 12th Legislature, 1870. Texas Almanac for . . . and Emigrant's Guide to Texas.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

  • Biographical sketch, p. 89. Baker "began as a Radical, then shifted to liberal Republican . . . married twice, first to Margaret S. Baker, a local landowner, and then to Adelaide Porter Baker . . . resided in Lockhart from December, 1867, to February, 1877, in Eagle Springs from 1877 to 1881, and in McGregor from 1881 until death on March 1, 1883." The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.

Other Resources

  • Thomas H. Baker, Lockhart, Caldwell County, born in Tennessee, farmer, age 56 (born ca. 1817). Directory of the Members of the Thirteenth Legislature of the State of Texas, 1873.
  • Census of 1860 - Thos. H. Baker, Lockhart, Caldwell County, age 43, born circa 1817 in Tennessee, merchant.
    Census of 1870 - Thos. H. Baker, Lockhart, Caldwell, age 52, born circa 1818 in Tennessee, Senator.
    Census of 1880 - Thomas H. Baker, Coryell County, age 62, born circa 1818 in Tennessee, merchant. FamilySearch. 1860 1870 1880
  • Thomas H. Baker (1817-1888), burial in Eagle Springs Cemetery, Oglesby, Coryell County. Find a Grave.

Photographs

  • Photograph. Thomas H. Baker, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Texas Photographs
  • Photograph. Thomas H. Baker, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

13th R.S. - 1873
Agriculture  
Constitutional Amendments  
Counties and County Boundaries  
Internal Improvements  
Judge T.C. Barden, 16th Judicial Court  
Public Buildings  
Retrenchment and Reform  
12th Adjourned - 1871
Agricultural Affairs (Chair) 
Elections (Chair) 
Internal Improvements  
Journal Clerk  
Privileges and Elections (Chair) 
Public Debt  
Stock and Stock Raising  
Superintendent of Education  
12th R.S. - 1871
Agricultural Affairs (Chair) 
Elections (Chair) 
Internal Improvements  
Privileges and Elections (Chair) 
Public Debt  
Stock and Stock Raising  
12th 1st C.S. - 1870
Agricultural Affairs (Chair) 
Arrested Senators, Select  
Elections (Chair) 
Internal Improvements  
Privileges and Elections (Chair) 
Public Debt  
Stock and Stock Raising  
12th Provisional - 1870
Elections (Chair) 

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