George Rumford Baldwin (1798 - 1888) MP

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Birthplace: The Baldwin Mansion, Woburn, Ma, USA
Death: Died in Woburn, Ma, USA
Cause of death: gastritis
Occupation: surveyor/civil engineer/constructor
Managed by: Fay Baldwin
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About George Rumford Baldwin

GEORGE R.5, Loammi4, James3, Henry2, Henry1

PROMINENT CIVIL ENGINEER

George Rumford Baldwin, son of Loammi Baldwin and Margery Fowle, was b. at the Baldwin Mansion, North Woburn, Mass., on Jan. 26,1798, and died there Oct. 11,1888, "having devoted his lengthened life, with the full possession of his faculties to its close, to the pursuits of practical science, as a surveyor, a civil engineer, and a constructor". He was the son of his father's second wife. He m. Dec. 6,1837, the stepdaughter of his brother Loammi Baldwin Jr., namely CATHERINE RICHARDSON BECKFORD, dau. of Captain Thomas Beckford and Catherine Williams, of Charlestown.

George's middle name recalled the early and continued friendship that his father had with Count Rumford, a schoolmate of Loammi's, and previously known as Benjamin Thompson; later to be Sir Benjamin Thompson,Count Rumford 1753-1814).

He lived a life of marvelous industry, of wide travel, and of useful service. He was called upon as expert, witness, referee or examiner in many ways, at a period when the development of our railroad and manufacturing enterprises made a demand for talent and skill. He helped form the first associated company of engineers. He was naturally shy, modest, diffident, and reticent, of most retiring and undemonstrative ways, and therefore, called upon for any utterance in public before many persons, it was for him a serious strain.

In 1821 he built the P.C. Brook' stone bridge; 1822-1823, in Pennsylvania with his brother; 1823-1825, and factories in Lowell; 1826 surveyed Charlestown Navy Yard also known as the Boston Navy Yard in Charlestown; executed Marine Railroad; 1831-1833, in England; 1833-1834, worked on the Boston and Lowell Railroad; 1834-1836, in Nova Scotia; 1837, in Georgia, on the Brunswick Canal. In 1845 he was the chief engineer on the route of the Buffalo and Mississippi Railroad. In 1846 he was employed on the examination of the water power of Augusta, Georgia, and employed the national government on the Dry Docks in Washington and Brooklyn. In 1847 he was summoned to Quebec to engage on additional surveying and engineering tasks which resulted in the introduction of gas,water, and sewer systems into Quebec. He traveled extensively in Europe, principally in Paris and London, in 1857-1858. He was also consulting engineer on such endeavors as the Boston,Hartford and Erie railroad systems.

They had 1 child: Kittie (probably Catherine) Rumford Baldwin, who married and rem. to Quebec, Canada. She had been a legatee of her Uncle James.

  • 1798 birth record (no orig avail to check for spellings): George Rumford Baldwin, s/o Loomis & Margery, b Jan. 26, 1798 in Mass.
  • 1837 marriage record (I believe this is the 'intentions' and not the actual marriage; which I believe took place on Dec. 6th,1837) George R. Baldwin m. Catharine R. Beckford on 11/19/1837 in Woburn, Mass.
  • 1850 census: George R. Baldwin (48, b Ma) and dau. Catharine R. Baldwin (10, b Ma); in Charlestown, Mass. He is a civil engineer (wife Catharine R. Baldwin (32, b Ma) is on a prior page and not viewable on this printout.)
  • 1888 death certif: George R. Baldwin, s/o Loammi, died 10/11/1888 in Woburn, Mass of gastritis; was civil engineer, widowed. (note that he is on line for Oct. 12, the prior line being crossed out).
  • http://nutfieldgenealogy.blogspot.com/2013/10/colonel-loammi-baldwin.html: regarding his daughter,Catherine Rumford Griffiths.
  • http://findingaid.winterthur.org/html/col204.html
  • http://www.yeoldewoburn.net/Baldwin.htm
  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Rumford_Baldwin
  • The Baldwin genealogy from 1500 to 1881 (1881)
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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George Baldwin's Timeline

1798
January 26, 1798
Woburn, Ma, USA
1837
December 6, 1837
Age 39
Woburn, Middlesex, Massachusetts, United States
1840
1840
Age 41
Massachusetts, United States
1888
October 11, 1888
Age 90
Woburn, Ma, USA