Dwight Baldwin (1798 - 1886)

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Birthplace: Durham, Connecticut
Death: Died in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
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Dwight Baldwin (1798–1886) was an American Christian missionary and physician on Maui, one of the Hawaiian Islands, during the Kingdom of Hawaii. He was patriarch of a family that founded some of the largest businesses in the islands. Dwight Baldwin was born on September 29, 1798 in Durham, Connecticut, and moved to Durham, New York, in 1804. His father was Seth Baldwin (1775–1832) and his mother was Rhoda Hull. He was the second of 12 children. His brother Elihu Baldwin became president of Wabash College. He studied for two years at Williams College and graduated from Yale in 1821; he taught school for three years. He attended medical classes at Harvard College, but only for a master of science degree, not a Doctor of Medicine. Around 1826 he decided to become a missionary. He attended Auburn Theological Seminary and was ordained at Utica, New York in 1830. On December 3, 1830, he married CHARLOTTE FOWLER (1805–1873), the daughter of Deacon Solomon Fowler of North Branford, Connecticut. Only a few weeks later, on December 28, 1830, they sailed on the ship New England from New Bedford, Massachusetts with the Fourth Company of American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Their ship, which also carried Sheldon Dibble, arrived in Hawaii on June 21, 1831.

The Baldwins had seven children: David Dwight Baldwin (1831–1912), Abigail Charlette (1833–1913), Charles Fowler (1837–1891), Henry Perrine Baldwin (1842–1911), Emily Sophronia (1844–1891), and Harriet Melinda (1846–1932). A son, Douglas Hoapili Baldwin, died young in 1843.

In November 1831, William P. Alexander and his wife, Mary Ann McKinney, also sailed from New Bedford in the next company. The two families became life-long friends; they had two inter-marriages and a business partnership.

Dwight Baldwin returned to visit the United States from 1856 to 1857. In 1870 he and Charlotte moved to Honolulu as their health deteriorated and lived with their daughter Harriet (called "Hattie"). Charlotte died October 2, 1873, and Dwight died on January 3, 1886; they are buried at the Kawaiahaʻo Church cemetery.

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Author: Baldwin, C. C. (Charles Candee), 1834-1895
Subject: Baldwin family
Publisher: Cleveland, O, [Leader printing company]
Possible copyright status: NOT_IN_COPYRIGHT

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Dwight Baldwin's Timeline

1798
September 29, 1798
Durham, Connecticut
1830
December 3, 1830
Age 32
1831
November 26, 1831
Age 33
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, USA
1833
November 7, 1833
Age 35
Wainea, Hawaii
1835
November 9, 1835
Age 37
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
1837
August 30, 1837
Age 38
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
1840
June 24, 1840
Age 41
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
1842
August 29, 1842
Age 43
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
1844
July 16, 1844
Age 45
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
1847
February 16, 1847
Age 48
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii