James Addison Baker portrait

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dc.creator Scott, Vera Prasilova, 1899-1996 2011-01-07T15:53:04Z 2011-01-07T15:53:04Z 1936-01-01
dc.description This photograph of Capt. James A. Baker is part of the Vera Prasilova Scott portraiture collection. Scott was a studio photographer and the wife of a Rice faculty member. She took portraits of many prominent Houstonians in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
dc.description.abstract Baker practiced law in Houston, where he eventually headed Baker, Botts, Andrews, and Wharton, a 100-year-old law firm (later to be known as Baker Botts). After the Commercial National Bank, which he organized, merged with South Texas National Bank, he became chairman of the board. He was founder and board member of the Houston Gas Company, organizer and first president of the Guardian Trust Company, and one of the organizers of the Galveston, Houston and Henderson Railway and the Southwestern Drug Company. Baker was also president of the Houston Bar Association and a member of the Philosophical Society of Texas and the Presbyterian Church. He won special renown as the personal attorney of William Marsh Rice in the litigation concerning Rice's will, which left Rice Institute a trust fund. Baker, as an executor of the will, was instrumental in proving that Rice had been murdered and that a second will, leaving the bulk of Rice's estate to Albert Patrick, was forged. He then became the first chairman of the board of trustees for the institute and served in that capacity until his death. Baker died in Houston on August 2, 1941, and was buried there in Glenwood Cemetery. (excerpted from Handbook of Texas Online,, accessed April 9, 2007)
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
dc.rights This material is being shared under the U.S. Copyright Sec. 17 Fair Use clause and cannot be used for commerical purposes or used without attribution. Creative Commons license: href="
dc.title James Addison Baker portrait
dc.type Image
dc.digitization.specifications Large paper surrounding image cropped slightly. 2007-02-21 1936
dc.source.collection Forms part of the Vera Prasilova Scott portraiture collection (, Box 1, at the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University (, 713-348-1586) Woodson Research Center, Rice University USRICEwrc497BakeJame
dc.type.genre photographs
dc.identifier.citation (1936). "James Addison Baker portrait."

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