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Roger Sherman BALDWIN

(1793-1863)
Senate Years of Service:
1847-1851
Party:
Whig

BALDWIN, Roger Sherman, (son of Simeon Baldwin, grandson of Roger Sherman, cousin of William Maxwell Evarts, George Frisbee Hoar and Ebenezer Rockwood Hoar), a Senator from Connecticut; born in New Haven, Conn., January 4, 1793; attended the common schools and the Hopkins Grammar School; graduated from Yale College in 1811; studied law in his father’s office and in 1812 entered the Litchfield Law School; admitted to the bar in 1814 and commenced practice in New Haven, Conn.; member, State senate 1837-1838; member, State house of representatives 1840-1841; Governor of Connecticut 1844-1846; appointed and subsequently elected as a Whig to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Jabez W. Huntington and served from November 11, 1847, to March 3, 1851; member of the peace convention held in Washington, D.C., in 1861 in an effort to devise means to prevent the impending war; died in New Haven, Conn., February 19, 1863; interment in the Grove Street Cemetery.

Bibliography

American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography.

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

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