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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]


  1. "Baker House | Sumter County Tourism". 
  2. "Baker House – The City of Wildwood, Florida". 
  3. "Villager happy to take on leadership role with Wildwood's Baker House -". February 22, 2020. 
  4. "Woman who grew up in Baker House in Wildwood grateful for community's preservation efforts -". December 23, 2018. 
  5. by, Deborah Carr Hollingsworth, Foreword (August 20, 2019). Haunted Sumter County, Florida. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9781467144209. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 Correspondent, Linda Florea /. "Wildwood's Baker House gets historical marker dedication". 
  7. Chronicle, Special to the. "Timucua Dames place historical marker". 
  8. "David Hume Baker (1841-1917) - Find A Grave..." (in en). 
  9. Grenier, Bob (July 7, 2014). Central Florida's Civil War Veterans. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 9781439646045. 
  10. "Ingraham Expedition: David Mathias Baker". 
  11. "Out and About |". 

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