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About Abraham Baldwin, Signer of the US Constitution
Abraham Baldwin (1754-1807)
Baldwin was a transplanted northerner, born in Guilford, Connecticut, the second son of a blacksmith. Baldwin's father had high hopes for his twelve children and went into debt in order to provide them a good education. Baldwin graduated from Yale College in 1772. Soon afterward he became a minister and a tutor at his alma mater. In 1779 he served as a chaplain in the Continental army. After the war he gave up both the ministry and academic life to take up a career in law. By 1784 Baldwin had moved to Georgia, where he purchased land, established a law practice, and entered state politics. In 1785 he sat in the assembly and served as a delegate to the Confederation Congress. When his father died two years later, Baldwin took on the responsibility of paying off the family debts and covering the costs of educating his remaining siblings. At the Constitutional Convention, Baldwin did not play a prominent role, although he served on its key committee, the Committee on Postponed Matters. His most important contribution was to support the small states in their demand for equal representation in the Senate. Baldwin was one of several delegates to the Philadelphia convention who served in the first Washington administration, sitting in the House of Representatives for ten years and in the Senate for eight. A bitter opponent of Hamilton's policies, Baldwin allied himself with the emerging Democratic-Republican Party. Baldwin, a bachelor all his life like Maryland's Jenifer, focused much of his civic interest on education. He was a driving force in Georgia's efforts to create a state college, working from 1784 until 1798, when Franklin College was founded. Franklin was later expanded to become the University of Georgia.
National Constitution Center
Signer of the Constitution.
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Abraham Baldwin was featured on a U.S. postage stamp in 1985.