John R. Baldwin

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John Richard Baldwin[1]
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Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts
In office
January 5, 1885 – January 4, 1886
Preceded by William L. Baird
Succeeded by George D. Hart
Member of the
Massachusetts State Senate[2]
for the First Essex District,[3][4]
In office
Preceded by Harmon Hall
Succeeded by Josiah C. Bennett
Chairman of the
Lynn, Massachusetts
School Committee[2][4]
In office
Member of the
Lynn, Massachusetts
School Committee[2][4]
In office
Personal details
Born May 10, 1854[1]
Lynn, Massachusetts[4]
Died May 1, 1897(1897-05-01) (aged 42)
Lynn, Massachusetts
Spouse(s) Elizabeth A. Merritt, m. December 27, 1883[4]
Children Ellen Elizabeth Baldwin, b. December 2, 1884; Esther Merritt Baldwin, b. August 12, 1886; Mary Converse Baldwin, b. November 15, 1887; John R. Jr., d. 5/1889; Richard Burrill Baldwin, b. July 11, 1891.[4]
Alma mater Harvard[2]
Profession Attorney[2]

John Richard Baldwin (May 10, 1854 – May 1, 1897) was a Massachusetts politician who served in the Massachusetts State Senate and as the 20th Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts.

Early life and career[edit]

Baldwin was born in Lynn, Massachusetts on May 10, 1854.[4] Baldwin attended the Lynn public schools[2] and Harvard College graduating in 1877. Baldwin was admitted as to the Massachusetts Bar in 1880.[4] From 1880 on[2] Baldwin practiced law in Lynn, first under the firm name of Baldwin & Baker, and, after dissolving that partnership in 1885, he worked as a solo legal practitioner.[4]

On December 27, 1883, Baldwin married Elizabeth A. Merritt, the couple had three daughters Helen Elizabeth Baldwin, Esther Merritt Baldwin, and Mary Converse Baldwin; and two sons, John R. Baldwin, Jr., and Richard Burrill Baldwin.[4]

Public service[edit]

In 1879 Baldwin was elected to the Lynn School Committee,[4] and he was re-elected in 1882.[4] Baldwin served on the School Committee for six years and was its chairman from 1881 to 1882.[2][4]


  1. ^ a b Hurd, Duane Hamilton (1888), History of Essex County, Massachusetts: with Biographical Sketches of Many of its Pioneers and Prominent Men, Volume 1, Issue 1, Philadelphia, PA: J. W. Lewis & CO., p. 261. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Hobbs, Clarence W. (1886), Lynn and surroundings, Lynn, Mass: Lewis & Winship, p. 146. 
  3. ^ General Court of Massachusetts (1884), Acts and Resolves Passed by the General Court of Massachusetts in the Year 1884, Boston, Mass: Secretary of the Commonwealth, p. 475. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Russell, William E. (1890), Harvard College Class of 1877 Secretary's Report, No. IV, Cambridge, Ma: Harvard College; printed at the Riverside Press, p. 6. 
Political offices
Preceded by
William L. Baird
Mayor of Lynn, Massachusetts
January 5, 1885
January 4, 1886
Succeeded by
George D. Hart