|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Minnesota's 6th district
March 4, 1893 – March 3, 1895
|Preceded by||District created|
|Succeeded by||Charles A. Towne|
|Born||Melvin Riley Baldwin
April 12, 1838
near Chester, Vermont
|Died||April 15, 1901
|Political party||Democratic Party|
|Alma mater||Lawrence University|
Melvin Riley Baldwin (April 12, 1838 – April 15, 1901) was a Representative from Minnesota.
Early life and education
Baldwin was born near Chester, Vermont, on April 12, 1838 and moved with his parents to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in 1847. He attended the common schools there and entered Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, in 1855. He studied law but adopted civil engineering as a profession.
Career and service in the Civil War
He was engaged on the Chicago & North Western Railway until April 19, 1861, when he enlisted as a private in Company E, Second Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry due to the Civil War. He was commissioned captain of his company and was later captured at Gettysburg and confined in Libby Prison, Richmond, Virginia, at Macon, Georgia, and at Charleston and Columbia, South Carolina, being prisoner for eighteen months.
Baldwin was chairman of the Chippewa Indian Commission from 1894 – 1897. He traveled to Alaska in November 1897 and died in Seattle, Washington, April 15, 1901. He is interred in Forest Hill Cemetery, Duluth, Minnesota.
- Melvin Baldwin at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2008-02-14
|United States House of Representatives|
|U.S. Representative from Minnesota's 6th congressional district
1893 – 1895
Charles A. Towne