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David Hume Baker (October 7, 1841 – June 1, 1917) was a state senator in the US states of Kentucky and Florida. His historic home, which was built between 1886 and 1890,[1] still stands in Wildwood, Florida,[2] and hosts various events.[3][4] The home was built in what was then the community of Orange Home, Florida.[5] The Baker House was part of a 1,200-acre property. The house stayed in the family for several generations before it was sold to the City of Wildwood in 2012. A historical marker was added at the site of the Baker House in 2019.[6][7]

During the Civil War, Baker served in the Union Army as a member of the 12th Kentucky Cavalry Regiment.[8] He was a state senator in Kentucky from 1873 until 1875.[9] Baker then moved from Muhlenberg County, Kentucky, to Orange Home, Florida.[10] Baker served in the Florida Legislature from 1886 until 1890.[6]

He married Mary Hanah Matthis; they had one son, David Mathias Baker.[11] He is buried at Arlington Cemetery. His son was part of the Ingraham Expedition.[12]

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  1. "Baker House | Sumter County Tourism". https://discoversumterfl.com/baker-house/. 
  2. "Baker House – The City of Wildwood, Florida". https://www.wildwood-fl.gov/?SEC=8C04E966-19A4-4314-94E0-97C1CDE02326. 
  3. "Villager happy to take on leadership role with Wildwood's Baker House - Villages-News.com". February 22, 2020. https://www.villages-news.com/2020/02/22/villager-happy-to-take-on-leadership-role-with-wildwoods-baker-house/. 
  4. "Woman who grew up in Baker House in Wildwood grateful for community's preservation efforts - Villages-News.com". December 23, 2018. https://www.villages-news.com/2018/12/22/woman-who-grew-up-in-baker-house-in-wildwood-grateful-for-communitys-preservation-efforts/. 
  5. by, Deborah Carr Hollingsworth, Foreword (August 20, 2019). Haunted Sumter County, Florida. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9781467144209. https://books.google.com/books?id=x0WrDwAAQBAJ&q=%22david+hume+baker%22&pg=PA54. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Correspondent, Linda Florea /. "Wildwood's Baker House gets historical marker dedication". https://www.dailycommercial.com/news/20190505/wildwoods-baker-house-gets-historical-marker-dedication. 
  7. Chronicle, Special to the. "Timucua Dames place historical marker". https://www.chronicleonline.com/lifestyle/timucua-dames-place-historical-marker/image_3983b226-75b9-11e9-a7a5-6ba521ccc8b4.html. 
  8. "David Hume Baker (1841-1917) - Find A Grave..." (in en). https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/34459741/david-hume-baker. 
  9. Grenier, Bob (July 7, 2014). Central Florida's Civil War Veterans. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9781439646045. https://books.google.com/books?id=lHTxAwAAQBAJ&q=%22david+hume+baker%22&pg=PA35. 
  10. "Ingraham Expedition: David Mathias Baker". http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/ingraham/expedition/BakerDM.htm. 
  11. "Out and About | SumterCountyTimes.com". https://www.sumtercountytimes.com/content/out-and-about-38. 
  12. http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/ingraham/expedition/OrangeHome.htm

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