Biography of Hon. Samuel R. Baldwin
Lawrence County, Pennsylvania Biographies





HON. SAMUEL R. BALDWIN, superintendent of the Pittsburg Stove and Range Company, of New Castle, has been a resident of this city since 1883, coming here when the plant was established at New Castle, and having been identified with the concern since 1872. He was born at Pittsburg, Pa., December 20, 1841, and is a son of John M. and Margaret (Ritter) Baldwin.

Mr. Baldwin was reared and until he was eleven years of age attended school in Pittsburg, after which he worked in a glass factory for two years and for two more years in a candy manufacturing plant. From there he entered the employ of Alexander Bradley & Company, of Pittsburg, to learn the molder's trade, and had completed his apprenticeship before he enlisted for service in the Civil War. He entered the army on August 1, 1861, as a member of Company E, Sixty third Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and was honorably discharged December 31, 1862, having been somewhat seriously wounded at the battle of Bull Run. After the close of this honorable period of military service, he re entered the Bradley works as a journeyman molder, but for over a year had to move about on crutches from the injury he had sustained. He continued with the above firm after he was able to resume active work, until early in the seventies, when he became manager for Mitchell & Company, of Pittsburg. Later nine different plants, by consolidation, formed the Pittsburg Stove and Range Company, Mitchell & Company being one that went into the new organization. In 1881, Robert A. Duncan and Samuel R. Baldwin bought the Mitchell & Company plant, and in 1882 they erected the New Castle works under the name of Duncan & Baldwin. About 1884 Mr. Baldwin purchased Mr. Duncan's interests and later sold the same to J. C. Graham, and the business was conducted under the firm style of Baldwin & Graham, and in 1899 they consolidated with the Pittsburg Stove and Range Company.

From early manhood Mr. Baldwin has been active in politics and prominently identified with the Republican party. In 1879 he was elected to the State Legislature from the Fifth District of Allegheny County, and served for four years, during which time he made an honorable record. He has also served four years as a member of the New Castle City Council, representing the Second Ward.

Mr. Baldwin was married to Sarah A. Lewis and they have had three children: Harry M., Charles L. and Frank H. Harry M. is vice president of the Pittsburg Stove and Range Company, with headquarters at Pittsburg. Charles L. is secretary of the Pennsylvania Engineering Company at New Castle. Frank H., who died in his home at Pittsburg, when aged thirty two years, was superintendent of Division A of the Pittsburg Stove and Range Company. Mr. Baldwin is a very prominent Mason, being mainly identified with the higher branches of the order at Pittsburg.


From:
20th Century History of
New Castle and Lawrence County
Pennsylvania
Edited By: Hon. Aaron L. Hazen
Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co.
Chicago, Ill., 1908


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