Howard Baker, Sr.

Howard Henry Baker, Sr. ( born January 12, 1902 in Somerset, Pulaski County, Kentucky; † January 7, 1964 in Knoxville, Tennessee ) was an American politician. He represented the state of Tennessee as a deputy in the U.S. House of Representatives.


As a child, Baker and his family moved to Huntsville in Scott County ( Tennessee). There and in Knox County, he attended the public schools. He graduated in 1922 from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and 1924 to their legal department. In 1923 he was admitted to the bar and opened a practice in Huntsville.

Then Baker worked for some time as a publisher of a weekly paper in Huntsville. In addition, he sat in the years 1929 and 1930 in the House of Representatives from Tennessee. After that, he was in 1931 and 1932 Member of Board of Education of Scott County. He then worked as Attorney General of the 19th Judicial District of Tennessee 1934-1948. It shall also 1945 was Vice President and General Counsel for the Oneida & Western Railroad. In addition, he was a member of the board of First National Bank of Oneida.

Baker was a candidate in 1938 for the office of governor and 1940 for the U.S. Senate, but failed in both cases. 1940, 1948, 1952 and 1956 he took part in each case as a delegate at the Republican National Convention. He was elected as a Republican in the 82nd and the six succeeding Congresses, where he represented the second electoral district of Tennessee. His tenure came from 3 January 1951 until his death in Knoxville on January 7, 1964. He was buried in Sherwood Memorial Gardens.

During his tenure in Congress, he did not participate at the Southern Manifesto, which spoke out against racial integration in public institutions.


Howard Henry Baker married Irene Bailey Baker. Your 1925 born son Henry Howard Jr. was later U.S. Senator from Tennessee and the Republican Senate Majority Leader Group, and Chief of Staff of the White House under President Ronald Reagan and Ambassador to Japan.