Biography of John A. Baldwin


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Baldwin, John A., born in Fairfield, Iowa, in the year 1851. He was educated at Irving Institute, Tarrytown, N. Y., and at the College of the City of New York. In 1872 he was appointed second lieutenant of the 9th Regiment Infantry, U. S. Army. He was promoted first lieutenant in 1881, and captain in the same regiment in 1890. He has served in Wyoming, Montana, Dakota, Utah, Nebraska, Kansas, Indian Territory, Arizona, Illinois, and New York. He has served against the Sioux Indians on Yellowstone Expedition in 1873, and Black Hills Expedition, 1874, and at Spotted Tail Indian Agency and Red Cloud Indian Agency; and against Cheyenne Indians on General Crook's winter campaign of 1876-7, and against Cheyenne Indians in 1878, and in 1885, and against Apache Indians on Geronimo campaign in Arizona in 1888, and the pursuit of the Renegade Indian "Kid" in 1887. He has served on labor riot duty in Chicago, Ill., in 1877; in Omaha in 1882, and again in Chicago in 1894. He was selected to command a guard of ten picked men, as escort to President Harrison on his tour through Arizona. In 1891 he married Mrs. Lucy Hamilton of San Francisco, Cal., and they have two Sons: Geoffrey Prescott and John Braithwaite, both of whom were born at Madison Barracks, Jefferson county, N. Y. Captain Baldwin's father, Thomas Baldwin, was born in England in 1816. His grandfather Baldwin was the English consul-general to the United States at New York, and Thomas Baldwin came to New York with his father when about four years old. He returned to England and was educated at Oxford, but finally settled in the United States. He died in 1870, and his wife in 1879. They had five children. Captain Baldwin is a member of Cheyenne Lodge No. 1, F. & A. M.; also of Sackets Harbor Chapter No. 68, R, A, M., of which he is high priest. He is a member of Watertown Commandery No. 11, K. T., and also of Media Memple A. A. O. N. M. S. of Watertown. Captain Baldwin is now serving as U. S. Army officer on the staff of the governor of Arizona. The ancestry of Captain Baldwin's family is English, and on his wife's side of New England origin, dating back to the Prescotts of the Mayflower stock of 1620.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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