Daniel Davis D. Baker was born 1806 in Massachusetts. At the outbreak of the Texas Revolution he was elected a second lieutenant in Capt. T. L. F. Parrott’s artillery company. He took part in the Siege of Béxar 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. He 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.
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