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William Robinson Baker
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Birth: May 21, 1820
Onondaga County
New York, USA
Death: Apr. 30, 1890
Harris County
Texas, USA

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.

Bio provided by: Findagrave Member Dan Member #46920253 
Family links: 
  Asa Baker (1785 - 1851)
  Hannah Robinson Baker (1794 - 1889)
  Hester Eleanor Runnels Baker (1825 - 1880)
  William Robinson Baker (1820 - 1890)*
  William Robinson Baker (1820 - 1890)
  Marianna Baker Bagby (1824 - 1904)*
  Emily Baker Taylor (1825 - 1906)*
  George Robinson Baker (1830 - 1859)*
  Julia W Baker Clark (1831 - 1907)*
  Harriet M Baker Szabo (1833 - 1928)**
*Calculated relationship
Glenwood Cemetery
Harris County
Texas, USA
Plot: E-1, Lot 76
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Record added: Jun 11, 2007
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 Added: Dec. 9, 2008
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