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Benjamin M. Baker Benjamin M. 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) (8)   Democrat Carthage / Panola   Panola, Rusk, Shelby
H 9 Apr 18, 1876 - Jan 14, 1879 15th (9)   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) "Baker represented Rusk, Panola, and Shelby counties in the Fifteenth, Sixteenth, and Seventeenth legislatures," [District 9.] Handbook of Texas Online.
(5) Baker's district 9, F.L. Johnston's district 8. House Journal.
(6) Baker's district 9, F.L. Johnston's district 8. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(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) Democrat, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
(9) 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
  • Biography. "Born at Girard, Alabama, in 1851." GenealogyMagazine.com, 2000.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 70. Birth date 1/20/1851. Personnel of the Texas State Government for 1885, 19th Legislature, 1885.
  • Biographical sketch, pp. 67-68. Sketches of Legislators and State Officers, Fifteenth Legislature, 1876-1878, 1876.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 254. Texas Legislative Manual, 1879-80, 1879.
  • Biographical sketch, Benjamin Marbry Baker, p. 235. Texas Legislative Manual, 1882-83, 1883.
  • Other Resources
  • BAKER, BENJAMIN M. (1850-1918). Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Photographs
  • Photograph. Benjamin M. Baker,15th Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. Benjamin M. Baker,17th Legislature, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol
  • 15th session composite photo of House members (Ground floor elevator vestibule, east wall. GW.V3). State Preservation Board.
  • 17th session composite photo of House members (Texas State Library and Archives Commission). Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
  • Committee Informationtop
    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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