Citizen of The Republic of Texas
Husband of Hester Eleanor Runnels, Married December 15, 1845
William Robinson Baker, Houston mayor, Texas state legislator, and railroad official, the son of Asa and Hannah (Robinson) Baker, was born in Baldwinsville, New York, on May 21, 1820. He moved to Texas in 1837 and worked as a bookkeeper for the Houston Town Company. In 1841 he was elected Harris county clerk, a position he filled for the next sixteen years. He married Hester Eleanor Runnels on December 15, 1845, and the couple had one child. Between 1852 and 1877 Baker served as secretary, vice president, general manager, president, and board member of the Houston and Texas Central Railway. In 1874 he was elected as a Democrat to the state Senate and from 1880 to 1886 served as mayor of Houston. He purchased an interest in The Houston Post newspaper in 1883 and was president of the City Bank of Houston. He was a Mason. He died on April 30, 1890.
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Hester Eleanor Runnels Baker (1825 - 1880)
Plot: E-1, Lot 76
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Record added: Jun 11, 2007
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