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BAKER, William Mumford, author, born in Washington, District of Columbia, 27 June 1825 ; died in South Boston, Massachusetts, 20 August 1883. He was graduated at Princeton in 1846, studied theology for two years with his father, the Rev. Daniel Baker, and spent one year in the Princeton seminary. Ha then joined his father in Texas, and was a pastor in Galveston, and subsequently in Austin, from 1850 to 1865. After fifteen years of service in Texas, Mr. Baker accepted a charge at Zanesville, Ohio, whence he was transferred to Newburyport, Massachusetts. In 1874 he became pastor of a Presbyterian Church in South Boston. His most important work was "Inside : A Chronicle of Secession" (New York, 1866), written secretly during the war, while he lived in Austin, and giving a peculiarly vivid picture of southern life and sentiment at that time. It was published under the name of "G. F. Harrington." He also wrote the "Life and Labors" of his father (Philadelphia, 1858), which had a large circulation. His other books are mostly tales, including "Oak Not" (Philadelphia, 1868) ; "Nose Evans" (Boston, 1874) ; "Carter Quarterman" (New York, 1876); "A Year worth Living" (Boston, 1878) ; " Colonel Dunwoodie" (New York, 1878) ; "The Virginians in Texas" (New York, 1878) ; "Thirlmore," and "The New Timothy" (New York, 1870); "His Majesty Myself" (Boston, 1879); and "Blessed Saint Certainty" (Boston, 1881). Many of these were published as serials. "The Ten Theophanies ; or, The Manifestations of Christ before His Birth in Bethlehem" (New York, 1883), was completed shortly before his death, and is regarded by those who knew him as in some sort a record of the writer's own religious experiences and struggles. Since his death has appeared "The Making of a Man" (Boston, 1884).
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