Briscoe Baldwin

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Briscoe Baldwin
Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court
In office
January 29, 1842 - May 18, 1852
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
In office
1818-1820, 1841-1842
Personal details
Born January 18, 1789
Winchester, Virginia
Died May 18, 1852(1852-05-18) (aged 63)
Spouse(s) Martha Steele Brown Baldwin
Alma mater College of William and Mary
Profession lawyer, politician, judge

Briscoe Baldwin (January 18, 1789 – May 18, 1852) was Virginia attorney, politician, and jurist. Briscoe served two terms in the Virginia House of Delegates and served for ten years in the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.


Baldwin was born in Winchester, Virginia. After attending private schools, he entered the College of William and Mary. Later, he studied law under Judge William Daniel in Cumberland County and started practice in Staunton. In 1818-20, he served in the House of Delegates from Augusta and, in 1829-30, was a member of the Constitutional Convention. He served again in the House of Delegates in 1841-42 and, on January 29, 1842, was elected to the Supreme Court of Appeals. He held this position until his death.

A large collection consisting almost solely of the legal, financial, and personal correspondence of Archibald Stuart and Briscoe Baldwin, lawyers from Staunton, and their related family letters is housed at the University of Virginia.


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