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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 13th (1) (2) (3)   12th (4) (5) (6)   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.
  • Thomas H. Baker, photo, born 1817 in Tennessee, died 1883, interment in Eagle Springs Cemetery, Oglesby, Coryell County, spouse Addie Porter Baker. Find a Grave.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Thomas H. Baker, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection.
  • Photograph. Thomas H. Baker, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 13th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Pictorial Monogram of the State Government of Texas 1873 (DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection). DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection..
  • Committee Informationtop
    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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