H. C. Baldridge

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H. C. Baldridge
14th Governor of Idaho
In office
January 3, 1927 – January 5, 1931
Lieutenant O. E. Hailey
W. B. Kinne
O. E. Hailey
Preceded by Charles C. Moore
Succeeded by C. Ben Ross
15th Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
In office
January 1, 1923 – January 3, 1927
Governor Charles C. Moore
Preceded by Charles C. Moore
Succeeded by O. E. Hailey
Member of the Idaho House of Representatives
In office
Member of the Idaho Senate
In office
Personal details
Born Henry Clarence Baldridge
(1868-11-24)November 24, 1868
Carlock, Illinois
Died June 8, 1947(1947-06-08) (aged 78)
Boise, Idaho [1]
Resting place Parma Cemetery
Parma, Idaho
Nationality United States
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Cora A. McCreighton Baldridge
(m. 1893–1941, her death)
Children 1 son, 1 daughter [1]
Residence Parma, Boise
Alma mater Illinois Wesleyan University
Profession Education, Mercantile, Agribusiness, Banking
Religion Presbyterian

Henry Clarence Baldridge (November 24, 1868 – June 8, 1947) was an American politician. A Republican, he was the 14th Governor of Idaho, serving from 1927 until 1931.[2]


Born in Carlock, Illinois, Baldridge was educated in public schools. He attended Illinois Wesleyan University and then taught school.[3] He married Cora A. McCreighton on February 1, 1893.[4] They had a son, M. Claire Baldridge, and a daughter, L. Gail Baldridge.[1]


Baldridge relocated from Illinois to southwestern Idaho in 1904 and settled in Parma, working in the mercantile trade. Later he dealt in implements and hardware and was president of the local bank.[1] Baldridge entered the Idaho Legislature in 1911 as a member of the Idaho House of Representatives. In 1913, he was elected to the Idaho Senate, where he served a single term. In 1922 he was elected the 15th Lieutenant Governor of Idaho. He was re-elected in 1924 and served in that capacity in the administration of Governor Charles C. Moore. Baldridge was elected governor in 1926 and re-elected in 1928. Although he warned against the expansion of public building programs, significant additions were made to the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. State highway building was financed by a state gasoline tax.[5]

After leaving office on January 5, 1931, Baldridge returned to his various business interests. He ran for Congress in the Idaho's 1st congressional district in 1942, but was defeated in the general election by five-term incumbent Compton I. White of Clark Fork, Idaho. Baldridge was appointed Commissioner of Charitable Returns from 1943 to 1945.[3]


After the death of his wife, Baldridge moved from Parma to Boise in 1942. In apparent good health, he died in his sleep of a cerebral hemmorage at age 78 in Boise on June 8, 1947, and is interred at Parma Cemetery in Parma.[1][5]


  1. ^ a b c d e "H.C. Baldridge, former Idaho governor, dead". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. June 9, 1947. p. 1. 
  2. ^ "Former Idaho governor expires". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. June 9, 1947. p. 2. 
  3. ^ a b "H. C. Baldridge". National Governors Association. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  4. ^ "H. C. Baldridge". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "H. C. Baldridge". Find A Grave. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles C. Moore
Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
January 1, 1923 – January 3, 1927
Succeeded by
O. E. Hailey
Preceded by
Charles C. Moore
Governor of Idaho
January 3, 1927 – January 5, 1931
Succeeded by
C. Ben Ross