Baker, Daniel Davis D. (1806–1843)

By: Thomas W. Cutrer

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: October 18, 2018

Daniel D. D. Baker, San Jacinto soldier and Texas legislator, was born in Massachusetts in 1806 and moved to Texas in February 1831. In May 1831 he was granted a quarter league in Stephen F. Austin's second colony in what is now Wharton County. At the outbreak of the Texas Revolution he was elected a second lieutenant in Capt. T. F. L. Parrott's artillery company. He took part in the siege of Bexar but was discharged on November 23 before the city fell. After reenlisting on March 18, 1836, he was elected captain of artillery, but at the battle of San Jacinto he was attached to Capt. Moseley Baker's company. After San Jacinto, Gen. Thomas Jefferson Rusk detached him to fortify and take command of the defenses at Cavallo Pass. Baker was discharged on July 18, 1836, and moved to Matagorda, where he was elected to represent the county in the House of Representatives of the First Congress of the Republic of Texas in October 1836. On January 3, 1837, he married Mary Ann Cayce of Matagorda. In the spring of 1838 he was involved in real estate development in Matagorda County, where he attempted to establish a town called Preston 4½ miles from the Colorado River. Davis died in Matagorda on May 2, 1843.

Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Muster Rolls of the Texas Revolution (Austin, 1986). Sam Houston Dixon and Louis Wiltz Kemp, The Heroes of San Jacinto (Houston: Anson Jones, 1932). John H. Jenkins, ed., The Papers of the Texas Revolution, 1835–1836 (10 vols., Austin: Presidial Press, 1973). Virginia H. Taylor, The Spanish Archives of the General Land Office of Texas (Austin: Lone Star, 1955). Texas House of Representatives, Biographical Directory of the Texan Conventions and Congresses, 1832–1845 (Austin: Book Exchange, 1941). Annie Lee Williams, A History of Wharton County (Austin: Von Boeckmann-Jones, 1964).

Time Periods:
  • Texas Revolution

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Thomas W. Cutrer, “Baker, Daniel Davis D.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 20, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

October 18, 2018