Benjamin Marbry Baker

Full Name: Benjamin Marbry Baker
Date of birth: January 20, 1850
Date of death: May 21, 1918

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 9 Jan 11, 1881 - Aug 30, 1882 17th (1) (2) (3)   Democrat Carthage / Panola   Panola, Rusk, Shelby
H 9 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 11, 1881 16th (4) (5) (6) (7)   Democrat Carthage / Panola   Panola, Rusk, Shelby
H 9 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 14, 1879 15th (8)   Democrat Carthage / Panola   Panola, Rusk, Shelby

(1) Democrat, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
(2) Baker resigned 8/30/1882. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(3) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(4) Democrat, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
(5) "Baker represented Rusk, Panola, and Shelby counties in the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth legislatures at Austin." [District 9.] Handbook of Texas Online.
(6) District 9 - B.M. Baker, District 8 - F.L. Johnston, 1/14/1879, p. 5. House Journal.
(7) Bio states Baker represented Panola and Shelby counties [District 8] and F.L. Johnston represented Rusk, Panola, and Shelby counties [District 9]. Roster lists both Baker and Johnston as representing District 9. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
(8) Mentioned in "The news from Austin . . . Resignations of Representative Barziza and four others accepted after critical debate . . . Hunter restored to his seat . . . Other resignations not improbable," Thursday, 8/3/1876, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • Presentation of cane to Speaker from members of the House of Representatives, 15th Legislature, 8/21/1876, pp. 992-995. House Journal.

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes


  • Photograph. B.M. Baker, 17th Legislature, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • Photograph. B.M. Baker, 15th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

17th R.S. - 1881
Finance (Chair) 
Institute for the Blind  
Judiciary No. 2  
Senatorial and Representative Districts  
16th R.S. - 1879
Constitutional Amendments  
Division of Committee Rooms  
Federal Relations  
Judiciary No. 1  
Land Forgeries  
Land Frauds  
Penitentiaries, Subcommittee on (Co-Chair) 
Penitentiary (Chair) 
Private Land Claims  
Privileges and Elections  
Public Debt  
Revised Civil Code, Select  
15th R.S. - 1876
Capitol Grounds, Investigation of Superintendent F. Voigt  
Constitutional Amendments  
Engrossed Bills  
Judiciary No. 1  
Privileges and Elections  
Roads, Bridges and Ferries  
State Asylums  
Treasury Mileage Payments to House and Senate (Chair) 

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