South Carolina Supreme Court Justices

David Gordon Baker
           
Date Born: February 17, 1884

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 Date Died: March 25, 1958

       
       
       
       
       
Place Born: Marion County, SC

Place Buried: Mount Hope Cemetery in Florence, SC

           
   

Chief Justice 1944 - 1956
Associate Justice 1935 - 1943
   

David Gordon Baker was born on February 17, 1884 in Marion County, SC, the son of William Wallace Baker and Sara A. (Gordon) Baker. He moved to Florence County in 1900. Baker received a law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1905.

On April 25, 1906, David Gordon Baker married Julia Badger, daughter of Benjamin M. Badger and Sarah (Mood) Badger of Dillon, SC, and they had one known son.

David Gordon Baker served on the Florence City Council from 1910 to 1912.

In 1919, David Gordon Baker was elected to represent Florence County in the SC Senate of the:
- 73rd General Assembly that met from 1919 to 1920
- 74th General Assembly that met from 1921 to 1922

In 1923, David Gordon Baker served as the County Attorney for Florence County, SC, a position he retained until 1931.

In 1933, David Gordon Baker was elected as one of four men to represent Florence County in the SC House of Representatives of the:
- 80th General Assembly that met from 1933 to 1934
- 81st General Assembly that met from 1935 to 1936

On March 27, 1935, David Gordon Baker was elected as an Associate Justice in the SC Supreme Court, replacing Associate Justice Thomas Perrin Cothran, who had died the previous year on April 11, 1934. He resigned from the House of Representatives.

In 1943, David Gordon Baker was elected as Chief Justice of the SC Supreme Court, replacing Milledge Lipscomb Bonham, who had died on June 23, 1943. He served as Chief Justice until February of 1956, when he retired.

On March 25, 1958, David Gordon Baker died, and he was buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Florence, SC.


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