Find out how James Baker's upbringing influenced his life. Born in 1930 into a family of power and privilege, both Baker's grandfather and his father were prominent Houston attorneys, and Baker followed in the family tradition. But the man who would one day run three presidential campaigns showed no political aspirations. His grandfather, Captain James Addison Baker, advised young lawyers: "work hard, study and keep out of politics." His grandson Jimmy heeded his words—at least in his early years.