BALDWIN, John Denison (1809-1883)

BALDWIN, JOHN DENISON, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in North Stonington, Conn., September 28, 1809; moved with his parents to Chenango County, N.Y., in 1816; returned to North Stonington in 1823; attended schools in Chenango County, N.Y., and in North Stonington, Conn.; studied law for a time but discontinued the study for theology; was graduated from the Yale Divinity School in 1834; was licensed to preach and assumed Congregational pastorates in West Woodstock, Conn., 1834-1837, in North Branford 1838-1845, and in North Killingly 1846-1849; member of the State house of representatives 1847-1852; engaged in newspaper work in Hartford, Conn., 1849-1852, in Boston, Mass., 1852-1859, and was connected with the Worcester Spy from 1859 until his death; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1860; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-eighth, Thirty-ninth, and Fortieth Congresses (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1869); was not a candidate for reelection in 1868; resumed his newspaper interests; died in Worcester, Mass., July 8, 1883; interment in the Rural Cemetery.

American Antiquarian Society
Manuscripts Department
Worcester, MA
Papers: In the Samuel Elias Staples Papers, 1849-1900, 1 folder (85 items).
The collection contains a letter from John Denison Baldwin critical of the presidency of Andrew Johnson and reporting the beginning of a movement to impeach him.


Brown University
John Hay Library
Providence, RI
Papers: ca. 1821-1883, 1 item.
Includes a cut signature of J.D. Baldwin.