Frederick W. Baldwin (Vermont)

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Frederick W. Baldwin (September 29, 1848 – September 8, 1923) was a Vermont attorney, businessman, historian, author and politician who served as President of the Vermont State Senate.

Biography[edit]

Frederick Wilton Baldwin was born in Lowell, Vermont on September 29, 1848. He was educated at Johnson Academy and Montpelier Seminary, studied law with Philip K. Gleed and H. Henry Powers while teaching school, and was admitted to the bar in 1872. During the first years of his practice in Barton he was the partner of William W. Grout.[1]

In addition to maintaining a thriving law practice, Baldwin was active in several business ventures, including serving as an officer or director of: The Barton Hotel Company; the Barton Manufacturing Company; the Barton Building Association; and the Barton Bank and Trust Company.[2]

A Republican, Baldwin served as Assistant Secretary of the Vermont Senate from 1872 to 1873, and Senate Secretary from 1874 to 1879. He was Barton's Superintendent of Schools from 1873 to 1875 and again in 1877. Baldwin also served as a Village Trustee for 12 years, and was Orleans County State's Attorney from 1880 to 1881.[3]

Baldwin was a member of the Orleans County Republican Committee 1884 to 1892, and was Chairman from 1888 to 1890. He was one of Vermont's presidential electors in 1892, and was the elector deputized to carry Vermont's electoral votes to Washington, D.C. for the official tally.[4][5]

In 1896 Baldwin served as Barton's member of the Vermont House of Representatives.[6] In 1900 Baldwin was elected to the Vermont Senate, and was selected as Senate President.

Baldwin was a local historian and published the results of his work, including 1886's Biography of the Bar of Orleans County, Vermont, 1910's History of Bank of Orleans, Irasburgh Bank of Orleans, Barton National Bank, Barton Savings Bank, and Barton Savings Bank & Trust Company, and 1910's The Centennial Celebration of Runaway Pond, Glover, Vermont.[7][8][9]

Baldwin died in Barton on September 8, 1923.[10]

Personal[edit]

Baldwin was married three times. His first wife was Susan M. Grout, a sister of General William W. Grout and Governor Josiah Grout. Frederick and Susan Baldwin had one child, a son named Edward Grout Baldwin. Susan Grout Baldwin died in 1876, and Frederick Baldwin's second wife was Susan M. Hibbard, who died in 1906.[11] In 1913 he married Jennie Deming Hibbard.[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jacob G. Ullery, editor, Men of Vermont Illustrated, 1894, page 17
  2. ^ Frederick W. Baldwin, History of Bank of Orleans, Irasburgh Bank of Orleans, Barton National Bank, Barton Savings Bank, and Barton Savings Bank & Trust Company, 1910, pages 119 to 120
  3. ^ Vermont Secretary of State, Vermont Legislative Directory, 1900, page 393
  4. ^ William Hartley Jeffrey, Successful Vermonters: A Modern Gazetteer of Caledonia, Essex, and Orleans Counties, Vermont, 1904, pages 155 to 157
  5. ^ Vermont Secretary of State, Vermont Legislative Directory, 1896, page 72
  6. ^ Charles T. Walter, Vermont Men of Today: Frederick W. Baldwin, February, 1902, pages 162 to 164
  7. ^ Frederick W. Baldwin, Biography of the Bar of Orleans County, Vermont, 1886, title page
  8. ^ Frederick W. Baldwin, History of Bank of Orleans, Irasburgh Bank of Orleans, Barton National Bank, Barton Savings Bank, and Barton Savings Bank & Trust Company, 1910, title page
  9. ^ Frederick W. Baldwin, The Centennial Celebration of Runaway Pond, Glover, Vermont, 1910, title page
  10. ^ Vermont Death Records, 1909-2008, Record for Frederick W. Baldwin
  11. ^ Vermont Historical Society, Proceedings of 1919-1920 Annual Meetings, 1921, page 265 to 266
  12. ^ Vermont Marriage Records, 1909-2008 about Frederick W. Baldwin and Jennie Deming Hibbard
Political offices
Preceded by
John G. McCullough
President pro tempore of the Vermont State Senate
1900 – 1901
Succeeded by
Chauncey W. Brownell