Caleb H. Baumes

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Caleb Howard Baumes (March 31, 1863 Bethlehem, Albany County, New York – September 25, 1937 near Hudson, New York) was an American lawyer and politician from New York


He was born on March 31, 1863 in Bethlehem, New York.

He married in 1883 and had two sons.

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Orange Co., 1st D.) in 1909, 1910, 1911, 1912 and 1913.

He was a member of the New York State Senate (27th D.) from 1919 to 1930, sitting in the 142nd, 143rd, 144th, 145th, 146th, 147th, 148th, 149th, 150th, 151st, 152nd and 153rd New York State Legislatures. He championed a 1926 law mandating life imprisonment for four-time felony offenders, the Baumes law.[1]

At the New York state election, 1930, he ran on the Republican ticket for Lieutenant Governor of New York with Albert Ottinger but they were defeated by Democrats Franklin D. Roosevelt and Herbert H. Lehman. Afterwards he resumed the practice of law.

He died while riding on a train on September 25, 1937 near Hudson, New York when returning from an Odd Fellows convention in Milwaukee.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Caleb Baumes, 74, Law Maker, Dies. As Chairman of State Crime Commission He Wrote Bills Revising Criminal Code". New York Times. September 26, 1937. Retrieved 2012-11-08. "Former State Senator Caleb H. Baumes, father of the 'Baumes laws' enacted in 1926, making a life term mandatory for fourth-time criminal offenders, died of a heart attack today on board a New York Central train near Hudson. He was 74 years old. The former Senator was on his way home from the national convention of Odd Fellows at Milwaukee." 
New York Assembly
Preceded by
Henry Seacord
New York State Assembly
Orange County, 1st District

Succeeded by
James B. Montgomery
New York State Senate
Preceded by
Charles W. Walton
New York State Senate
27th District

Succeeded by
Thomas C. Desmond
Party political offices
Preceded by
Charles C. Lockwood
Republican Party Nominee for Lieutenant Governor of New York
Succeeded by
F. Trubee Davison