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Simeon BALDWIN

(1761-1851)

BALDWIN, Simeon, (son-in-law of Roger Sherman, father of Roger Sherman Baldwin), a Representative from Connecticut; born in Norwich, Conn., December 14, 1761; completed preparatory studies; was graduated from Yale College in 1781; was preceptor of the academy at Albany in 1782; tutor at Yale College from October 1783 until his resignation in September 1786; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1786 and commenced practice in New Haven, Conn., the same year; elected city clerk in 1789 and served until June 1800; in 1790 was appointed clerk of the District and Circuit Courts of the United States for the District of Connecticut and served until November 1803, when he resigned, having been elected to Congress; elected as a Federalist to the Eighth Congress (March 4, 1803-March 3, 1805); declined to be a candidate for reelection in 1804; again appointed to his former clerkship, but was removed by Judge Edwards in 1806; associate judge of the superior court and of the supreme court of errors 1806-1817; president of the board of commissioners that located the Farmington Canal 1822-1830, when he resigned; mayor of New Haven in 1826; died in New Haven, Conn., May 26, 1851; interment in the Grove Street Cemetery.

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

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