BAKER, Howard Henry

BAKER, Howard Henry
Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives


BAKER, Howard Henry, (Husband of Irene Bailey Baker and father of Howard Henry Baker, Jr.), a Representative from Tennessee; born in Somerset, Pulaski County, Ky., January 12, 1902; moved with his parents to Huntsville, Scott County, Tenn.; attended the public schools of Scott and Knox Counties, Tenn.; was graduated from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville in 1922 and from its law school in 1924; was admitted to the Tennessee bar in 1923 and commenced the practice of law in Huntsville, Tenn.; publisher of a weekly newspaper in Huntsville, Tenn.; served in the Tennessee house of representatives in 1929 and 1930; member of Scott County Board of Education in 1931 and 1932; attorney general of the nineteenth judicial circuit of Tennessee 1934-1948; vice president and general counsel of the Oneida & Western Railroad Co., in 1945; member of the board of directors, First National Bank of Oneida, Tenn.; unsuccessful Republican candidate for Governor in 1938 and for United States Senator in 1940; delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1940, 1948, 1952, and 1956; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-second and to the six succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1951, until his death in Knoxville, Tenn., January 7, 1964; interment in Sherwood Memorial Gardens.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

University of Tennessee Libraries
Modern Political Archives

Knoxville, TN
Papers: In the Howard and Irene Baker Papers, 1933-1965, 49.5 feet (approximately 60,000 items). The papers of Howard Baker contain legislative files, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, clippings, speeches, bills, and myriad associated items. Of special importance in the collection are Mr. Baker's works concerning the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Atomic Energy Commission, since both greatly affected the livelihood of the people of the Second District. Also of note is his work on the tax structure of the United States, stemming from his position on the House Ways and Means Committee. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.
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Bibliography / Further Reading

United States. 88th Cong., 2d sess., 1964. Memorial services held in the House of Representatives and Senate of the United States, together with remarks presented in eulogy of Howard Henry Baker, late a Representative from Tennessee. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1964.

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