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Birthplace of Rebekah Baines Johnson

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McKinney, TX, USA

Latitude & Longitude: 33° 11' 36.580164", -96° 36' 47.865024"
    Texas State
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    Joseph Wilson Baines (1846-1906), son of minister editor-Baylor University President George W. Baines, settled in Collin county in 1867. He taught school and in 1869 married Ruth Huffman, daughter of a physician of the . Baines read law under ex-governor James W. Throckmorton, began his practice, edited the McKinney Advocate, and helped organize and build the city's first Baptist church. He and his wife lived at this site when their child Rebekah was born. Baines served 1883 to 1887 as Texas Secretary of State, later practiced law in Blanco and Fredericksburg, and was a legislator in 1903-1904. Rebekah Baines (1881-1958) studied at Baylor College in Belton and became a teacher and journalist. In 1907 she married Sam Early Johnson, Jr. (1877-1937), a rancher and former schoolteacher who also served in the Texas Legislature from 1905 through 1908 and from 1917 through 1923. The couple continued to ranch in the Hill Country, published the Johnson City Record-Courier, and were parents of five children. Their eldest, Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), after a long career in the national Congress, served as the 36th president of the United States. (1976)

This page last updated: 7/15/2008

Birthplace of Rebekah Baines Johnson Historical Marker Location Map, McKinney, Texas

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