Biography of M. M. Baldwin
Tompkins County, NY Biographies





Baldwin, M. M., MA., LL.B. - By Mrs. B. H. Parliaman. Elisha Baldwin, grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born in New Marlborough, Conn. At the early age of sixteen he enlisted in the army of the Revolution and served six years, much of the time under Generals Lee and Washington. He was in the celebrated battles at Brandywine and Monmouth. In the latter he stood but a short distance from General Lee, and distinctly heard the altercation between him and General Washington. His grandchildren loved to gather around him and listen with hated breath while he portrayed the fearful sufferings of Washington and his heroic army during that dreadful winter of 1777-78 at Valley Forge. At the close of the war Mr. Baldwin retired from the service with only a few dollars of nearly worthless Continental money. He married, and, after several removals, settled at Clarence, Erie county, N. Y., where he brought up a large family of children. In 1818 he was granted an annual life pension, and his certificate was signed by Hon. John C. Calhoun, secretary of war. General Anson, the seventh child, was married to Huldah A. Murciock in April, 1810, the Rev. Glezea Fillmore, officiating. Miss Murdock was a daughter of Joshua Murdock. one of the first settlers of Venice, Cayuga county, and a sister of Hon. Lyman Murdock, projector of the "Murdoek Railroad," so called. Mr. and Mrs Geo. A. Baldwin soon settled at Royal Center, Niagara county, where three children were born to them: Marvin, Charlotte and Calvin. Here, at Royal Center Academy, Marvin accomplished a full college course of study, under the excellent management of Donald G. Fraser, AM., and Edward D. Kennicott, AM. He soon afterwards received the degree of M. A. from Genesee, now Hobart College, New York, under Dr. Benjamin Hale, president. Mr. Baldwin then entered the law and land offices of Hon. Washington Hunt, first judge of Niagara county and afterwards comptroller, member of congress and governor of the State. Before commencing practice he attended the Dane Law School of Harvard University, under Hon. Joseph Story of the United States Supreme Court, with whom he read "Story on the Constitution," and Hon. Simon Greenleaf, author of Greenleaf on "Evidence." He afterwards attended a course of lectures before the senior class of the Hamilton College Law School, and received the degree of LL.B. in course. In 1847 Mr. Baldwin married Fraucina, daughter of Isaac Morse, esq., a sister of Dr. Julius G. Morse, late of San Francisco. Finding the law unsuited to his taste, he decided to devote his life mainly to teaching. He has occupied successfully the proud and honorable, if onerous, position of principal of several of the best academies and seminaries of New York, leaving them in a much better and more flourishing condition than he found them in. He also received numerous appointments from the state superintendent of public instruction for instructing in teachers' institutes and for lecturing in important counties of this State. In July, 1861, after six years of faithful labor as principal of Medina Academy, Mr. Baldwin located at Groton, N. Y., where he managed the Groton Acrdemy for eleven years to general acceptation. In 1872 he sold to the school district his entire interest in the academy, of which he had purchased the stock in 1862. In March, 1882, the first building burned down, and a new one of brick has since been erected and finished at an expense of about $20,000. For a third of a century, a goodly portion of a long and useful life, has Prof. Baldwin spent in teaching, and many who have been his pupils now occupy honorable positions in the world and in the home, doubtless remember many noble Sentiments inculcated with the curriculum of knowledge. In a recent conversation one of his pupils said: Prof. Baldwin was my ideal of a teacher. I venerated him then, I venerate him now." A multitude now living would doubtless Sincerely echo these heartfelt words of tribute to an earnest, zealous, noble minded principal. A. M. Baldwin. Ph.B., M.D., was prepared for college at the Groton Academy under his father's instruction; then passed two years at Hamilton College, two years at Cornell University, and then one year at Leipsic University, Germany, after which he engaged as principal of Groton Academy, Leavenworth Institute, State Normal School at Muncey, Pa., and Williamsport High School, with about sixty teachers under him; when, finding this calling too confining for health, he read medicine with the then celebrated Dr. Reinhalt, of Williamsport, and entering the Hahnernann Medical College, Philadelphia, was chosen for the second year president of his class, and received his degree of M.D. in regular course. He was then married to Miss Kate M. Shoemaker, of Muncey, a graduate of the National School of Elocution and Oratory, Philadelphia, in the class of 1879. Dr. Baldwin has ever since resided and practiced in the village of Groton, with eminent success.

From:
Landmarks of Tompkins County, New York
Including a History of Cornell University
Edited by: John H. Selkreg
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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