Daniel Baker was an American Presbyterian minister and educator in the Antebellum South.
Daniel Baker was born on August 17, 1791 in Midway, Georgia. His father was William Baker. His mother died when he was an infant.
His father subsequently remarried.
Baker attended Hampden–Sydney College from 1811 to 1813. However, due to the War of 1812, he transferred to the Princeton University, and graduated in 1815.
He had six siblings. He then preached in Frankfort, Kentucky. He moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1836. Baker moved to the Republic of Texas in 1840.
He preached in Galveston, Houston, and Chriesman. Later, he preached in Victoria, Cuero, Clinton, Goliad, Gonzales, New Braunfels, Bastrop, Wharton, Columbia, Port Lavaca, La Grange, Palestine, Brownsville, Rio Grande City, as well as cities like Austin and San Antonio. Baker served on the Board of Trustees of the Chalmers Institute, a boys' school in Holly Springs, Mississippi, where he had served as pastor in the 1840s.
He founded Austin College in Huntsville, Texas in 1850. When McKinney resigned, Baker served as its second president from 1853 to 1857. Baker died on December 10, 1857 in Austin, Texas.