James Addison Baker the elder

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James Addison Baker ("the elder") (1821 – 1897) was an American jurist and politician.

He was born March 3, 1821, and became a prominent lawyer in Huntsville, Texas, as well as a Texas state legislator and judge.

He was removed from his judgeship during Reconstruction by a Republican governor. He subsequently joined the law firm of Gray and Botts, which was renamed Gray, Botts, and Baker during his partnership there, and in 2000 was renamed Baker Botts.[1][2] He died February 24, 1897.

He was the great-grandfather of the Reagan and G. H. W. Bush administration political figure James A. Baker III.