|Birth: ||Jan. 24, 1846|
|Death: ||Nov. 18, 1906|
BAINES, JOSEPH WILSON (1846-1906) ~ Joseph Wilson Baines, secretary of state and grandfather to the 36th president of the United States Lyndon Baines Johnson, was born in Louisiana to Melissa Ann Butler and the Reverand George W. Baines.
At the age of four, he and his family settled in Anderson, Texas and Baines received a private education by tutors from England. He would later attend Baylor University, where his father was president. During the Civil War, Baines mustered into Walter L. Mann's Texas Cavalry Regiment in 1863 and served through out the entire war.
After the war, in 1867, Baines moved to McKinney, Collin County, Texas and taught school and studied law under James W. Throckmorton. In 1869, he married Ruth Huffman, and they had two daughters, Josefa and Rebekah. Rebekah would give birth to the 36th President of the United States. Baines was eventually admitted to the bar and practiced civil law, invested in real estate, and in 1878 helped establish the McKinney Advocate. A year later, he bought his partner's share and consolidated the paper with the McKinney Citizen. He later changed the name of the paper to the Black Waxey; a paper that supported Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Ireland. After his election, Ireland appointed Baines secretary of state. Baines sold the Black Waxey in 1883, and moved to Austin, Texas. He served under Ireland for the next four years and became a close political advisor and helped oversee the construction of the Capitol.
After his term, he left Austin in 1887, and settled in Blanco, opened a law office and purchased a farm. He was a staunch Baptist, supported public education, and often times provided legal services regardless of the client's abiltiy to pay. His past political experience and his well-built reputation earned him a nomination and election to the 27th Legislature in 1903.
After his term, financial losses on his farm forced him to sell his land in Blanco and close his law office. He then moved to Fredericksburg, lived in a modest house and renewed his law practice. He remained politically active and became chairman of the Democratic Executive Committee of Gillespie County.
The former secretary of state joined few organizations, stating that, "I am a Baptist and a Democrat, that is enough for me." Baines died in Fredericksburg after a three month illness.
Source: http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/BB/fba15_print.html; http://www.fortours.com/pages/hmblanco.asp#Baines; and the Gillespie Genealogical Society's Der Stadt Freidhof Cemetery listings.
Ruth Ament Huffmann Baines (1854 - 1936)*
Rebekah Baines Johnson (1881 - 1958)*
Huffman Baines (1884 - 1967)*
Der Stadt Friedhof Cemetery
Created by: Stephanie Sorensen
Record added: Mar 06, 2006
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