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Augustus Carpenter BALDWIN

(1817-1903)

BALDWIN, Augustus Carpenter, a Representative from Michigan; born in Salina (now Syracuse), Onondaga County, N.Y., December 24, 1817; attended the public schools; moved to Oakland County, Mich., in 1837 and taught school; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1842 and commenced practice in Milford, Oakland County; member of the State house of representatives 1844-1846, serving as speaker pro tempore in 1846; moved to Pontiac, Mich., in March 1849; prosecuting attorney for Oakland County 1853 and 1854; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions at Charleston and Baltimore in 1860; elected as a Democrat to the Thirty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1863-March 3, 1865); unsuccessfully contested the election of Rowland E. Trowbridge to the Thirty-ninth Congress; delegate to the peace convention at Philadelphia in 1866; member of the Pontiac School Board 1868-1886; mayor of Pontiac in 1874; judge of the sixth judicial circuit court of Michigan from 1875 until April 15, 1880, when he resigned and resumed the practice of law; member of the board of trustees of the Eastern Michigan Asylum; died in Pontiac, Oakland County, Mich., January 21, 1903; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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