Baker, John W. (1871–1924)

By: Lura N. Rouse

Type: Biography

Published: 1952

Updated: November 1, 1994

John W. Baker, banker and state treasurer, son of Robert and Mary Nancy (Woods) Baker, was born in Bastrop County, Texas, on May 27, 1871. About 1883 the family moved to Williamson County, where Baker married Lora F. Shaw of Georgetown on November 23, 1893; they had four children. Baker moved to West Texas in 1896, first to Taylor County and subsequently to Lubbock. He was a prominent banker at Lubbock and at Crosbyton before he was elected state treasurer in a special election in 1918. During World War I he did distinguished work in Liberty Bond drives. Baker was reelected as state treasurer in 1920, but he resigned in July 1921 to become vice president of the Breckenridge State Bank. He was a Baptist, Mason, Woodman, and Odd Fellow. He died at his home in Austin on May 22, 1924, and was buried at the Oakwood Cemetery annex.

Austin American, May 24, 1924. Buckley B. Paddock, History of Texas: Fort Worth and the Texas Northwest Edition (4 vols., Chicago: Lewis, 1922).

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

Lura N. Rouse, “Baker, John W.,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 25, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

November 1, 1994