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William R. Baker William R. Baker
Full Name: William Robinson Baker
Date of birth: May 21, 1820
Date of death: April 30, 1890

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 14 Jan 13, 1874 - Apr 18, 1876 14th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Houston / Harris   Harris, Montgomery
(1) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Ordinance adopted by Constitutional Convention of the State of Texas, 1875. Remained in effect from its passage until first reapportionment after 1880 Census. University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History. Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) 14th Legislature, Regular Session - 1/13/1874, pp. 1-2. Listed in group of "Senators elect" that took the oath of office. "Upon calling the roll of Senators by the Secretary, the following Senators answered to their names, came forward, presented their credentials, took the oath of office, administered by Judge Livingston Lindsey and took their seats," Senate Journal.
(3) "Because of the adoption of the new constitution [of 1876], any member of the 14th Legislature who wished to continue to serve had to run for reelection," p. 220. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Other Resources
  • BAKER, WILLIAM ROBINSON (1820-1890). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. William R. Baker, 14th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 14th session composite photo of Senate and House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • Committee Informationtop
    14th R.S. - 1874
    Bureau of Tax Rolls in Comptroller's Department  
    Comptroller and Treasurer (Co-Chair) 
    Comptroller's and Treasurer's Accounts  
    Contingent Expenses  
    Finance (Chair) 
    Financial Condition of the State (Co-Chair) 
    Public Debt  
    Treasurer's Office  
     

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