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Henry P. Baldwin

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1 Harriet M Day

2 Sibyle Lambard

Henry Porter Baldwin February 22, 1814 – December 31, 1892, a descendant of pilgrim father Nathaniel Baldwin, was the 15th Governor of Michigan and US Senator from the state of Michigan


  • 1 Early life in Rhode Island
  • 2 Life and politics in Michigan
  • 3 Retirement and death
  • 4 References

Early life in Rhode Islandedit

Baldwin was born to John and Margaret Williams Baldwin in Coventry, Rhode Island and attended the common schools He worked as a store clerk in Pawtucket from age 12 to age 20, after which he engaged in his own business for several years in Woonsocket In 1835, he married Harriet M Day deceased 1862 He married his second wife, Sibyle Lambard, in 1864, who survived him

Life and politics in Michiganedit

Baldwin moved to Detroit, Michigan, where he established a wholesale business in boots and shoes in 1838 He was a member of the convention which organized the US Republican Party in Jackson, Michigan in 1854 He was influential in organizing the sixth Episcopal parish in the northern outskirts of Detroit on December 27, 1858, and in building St John's Episcopal Church for the parish Baldwin donated the church lot and underwrote a large portion of the cost of building a chapel to seat 125 persons completed November 1859 and paid for the construction of the rectory He also contributed in large part to the building of the larger 1300 seat nave, completed in 1861 He was the Senior Warden from the parish's founding until his death

He was director of the Michigan State Bank and president of the Second National Bank of Detroit, 1863-1887 For several years, he was also the director of the Eastern Asylum in Pontiac He was a member of the Michigan State Senate, 2nd District, 1861-1862 He married his second wife, Sibyle Lambard, on November 21, 1866

In 1868, Baldwin was elected Governor of Michigan, serving from 1869 to 1873 In 1870, the woman suffrage amendment was passed by the Michigan Legislature, but was vetoed by Baldwin Four years later, he was appointed and subsequently elected as a Republican to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Zachariah Chandler, serving from November 17, 1879 to March 4, 1881 alongside Thomas W Ferry He became Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party from 1880 to 1882

Retirement and deathedit

Baldwin was not a candidate for reelection to the Senate and resumed his former business pursuits, serving as president of the Detroit National Bank, 1883-1887 He died in Detroit and is interred in Elmwood Cemetery


  • Bingham, Stephen D 2005 1888 "sv Henry P Baldwin" Early history of Michigan, with biographies of state officers, members of Congress, judges and legislators Pub pursuant to act 59, 1887 Ann Arbor, Mich: University of Michigan Library pp 63–64 Retrieved 2007-01-12 
  • Lanman, Charles 2005 1871 "Biographical History of Michigan" The red book of Michigan; a civil, military and biographical history Ann Arbor, Mich: University of Michigan Library p 418 Retrieved 2007-04-14 
  • United States Congress "Henry P Baldwin id: B000089" Biographical Directory of the United States Congress 
  • The Political Graveyard
  • St John's Episcopal Church, founded by Gov Baldwin
Political offices
Preceded by
Henry H Crapo
Governor of Michigan
Succeeded by
John J Bagley
US Senate
Preceded by
Zachariah Chandler
US Senator Class 1 from Michigan
Served alongside: Thomas W Ferry
Succeeded by
Omar D Conger
Party political offices
Preceded by
James McMillan
Chairman of the Michigan Republican Party
1880– 1882
Succeeded by
Edward S Lacey

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