Scope and Contents of the Papers
Material removed from the Rice Institute Business Manager’s Records including: diaries, will, and settlement and insurance papers from the estate of Judge James A. Baker, dating from 1888 to 1897; receipts, correspondence, notes, bank books, and financial notes from Captain James A. Baker, dating from 1874 to 1904; agreements, bonds, correspondence, deeds, mortgages, settlements, vouchers, and court cases dating from 1837-1908; abstracts, correspondence, deeds, receipts, canceled checks, and rental property of the Rice Institute, dating from 1883-1940; correspondence and financial materials of the W.M. Rice Estate Papers dating from 1873-1913.
Restrictions on Access
This material is open for research.
Conditions Governing Access
Stored off-site at the Library Service Center. Please request this material via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713-348-2586. Box 10 stored onsite in the Vault.
Restrictions on Use
Permission to publish from the Capt. James A. Baker and the Rice Institute papers must be obtained from the Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University.
Biography of Capt. James A. Baker
BAKER, JAMES ADDISON (1857-1941). James Addison Baker, lawyer, son of Rowena and James Addison Baker, was born in Huntsville, Texas, on January 10, 1857. He graduated from Texas Military Institute in Austin and was admitted to the bar in 1880. On January 10, 1883, he married Alice Graham; they had five children. Baker practiced law in Houston, where he eventually headed Baker, Botts, Andrews, and Wharton, a 100-year-old law firm (see BAKER AND 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. In his will he left his home, the Oaks, to Rice Institute.
Information taken from the Handbook of Texas Online, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/BB/fba28.html
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