George Washington Baines

George Washington Baines

Birth
Perquimans County, North Carolina, USA
Death 28 Dec 1882 (aged 72)
Belton, Bell County, Texas, USA
Burial Salado, Bell County, Texas, USA
Plot Old Salado Graveyard, Sect 6d
Memorial ID 11350840 · View Source
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(1809-1882) Renowned Baptist minister in early Texas history; president from 1861 to 1863 of Baylor University (which included what is now Mary-Hardin-Baylor College); great-grandfather of Lyndon Baines Johnson, 36th president of the United States. Born in North Carolina and reared without formal schooling on a farm, Baines worked his way through the University of Alabama. When licensed to preach at age 25 he became the third generation of his family to enter the ministry. Moved to Texas in 1850. Here his reputation as a wise and peace-loving clergyman continued to grow. He held offices in the Baptist State Convention and founded the Pioneer "Texas Baptist" newspaper, in 1855. When the Civil War broke out in 1861, he accepted the presidency of strife-ridden Baylor University (at Independence) and guided it for two crucial years. Although plagued constantly by ill health, Baines was noted for his stamina. Parishioners also admired his marksmanship as well as his learning. In 1867 he moved to Salado. Preaching and working for Baptist education, he lived there until his death of malarial fever. He is buried in Salado. Twice married, Baines had ten children. (Info from Texas Historical Marker)

Son of Thomas Baines and Mary McCoy


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  • Maintained by: Stephen Peters
  • Originally Created by: Longwired
  • Added: 13 Jul 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 11350840
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Washington Baines (29 Dec 1809–28 Dec 1882), Find A Grave Memorial no. 11350840, citing Salado Cemetery, Salado, Bell County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Stephen Peters (contributor 47380874) .