SEDGWICK, Charles Baldwin (1815-1883)

SEDGWICK, CHARLES BALDWIN, a Representative from New York; born in Pompey, Onondaga County, N.Y., March 15, 1815; attended Pompey Hill Academy, and Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y.; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1848 and commenced practice in Syracuse, N.Y.; elected as a Republican to the Thirty-sixth and Thirty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1863); chairman, Committee on Naval Affairs (Thirty-seventh Congress); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1862; engaged for the next two years in codifying naval laws for the Navy Department at Washington, D.C.; resumed the practice of law in Syracuse, N.Y., where he died February 3, 1883; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.

The Huntington Library
Manuscript Division
San Marino, CA
Papers: In the Barney (Hiram) Collection, ca. 1772-1924, approximately 8,300 pieces.
Correspondents include Charles Baldwin Sedgwick.


The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: N.d., 1 item.
An undated letter from Charles Baldwin Sedgwick to an unidentified official recommending Geoge N. Kennedy, as District Attorney for the Northern District of New York.

Papers: 1872, 2 items.
Two letters from Charles B. Sedgwick to [John W.] Field, written on August 28, 1872 and on October 23, 1872.


Syracuse University
The George Arents Research Library
Syracuse, NY
Papers: 1814-1891, 1.75 linear feet.
The papers of Charles B. Sedgwick contain correspondence, writings, legal documents, memorabilia, and family papers. Much of his correspondence relates to his political service and life in Washington, DC, during the Civil War. An unpublished finding aid is available in the repository.

  • Field, Earle. "Charles B. Sedgwick's Letters From Washington, 1859-1861." Mid-America 49 (April 1967): 129-39.