Student Wofford College, Spartanburg, South Carolina., 1879-1880.
In 1913, Baker was elected by the new, Democratic senate, as the eleventh Secretary of the senate after serving twenty years as assistant librarian. At the retaking of the senate by the Republican party in 1919, Baker was replaced by George A. Sanderson, and President Woodrow Wilson appointed Baker deputy commissioner of internal revenue. Baker left the government when Woodrow Wilson left the White House, and established a law firm.
In 1931, Baker retired to assist with Franklin Doctorate. Roosevelt"s presidential campaign.
Baker later became a minister to Thailand in the Roosevelt administration, until retiring due to poor health in 1937. Baker died in 1940.
Married Mary Adams, January 26, 1888. Children: James Marion, Lawrence Adams, Mac Latimer.