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  • ID: I330296
  • Name: Melvin Riley BALDWIN
  • RELA: 6th cousin 5x removed
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 12 APR 1838 in Windsor Co., VT
  • Census: 1850 Page 516A, Winnebago, Winnebago Co., WI
  • Event: Military service BET 19 APR 1861 AND 7 DEC 1864 Major, Co. E, 2nd Regt., Wisconsin Vol. Inf.
  • Census: 1890 Page 1, ED 103, Duluth, St. Louis Co., MN
  • Event: Elected Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota BET 4 MAR 1893 AND 3 MAR 1895
  • Census: 1900 Page 4A, ED 274, Ward 5, Duluth, St. Louis Co., MN
  • Census: 1900 Page 30A, ED 109, Ward 7, Seattle, King Co., WA
  • Death: of suicide 15 APR 1901 in Seattle, King Co., WA
  • Event: Sound
  • Event: Pic Melvin Riley Baldwin
  • Occupation: Civil Engineer
  • Burial: Forest Hill Cem., Duluth, St. Louis Co., MN
  • Note:
    BALDWIN, Melvin Riley, a Representative from Minnesota; born near Chester, Windsor County, Vt., April 12, 1838; moved with his parents to Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wis., in 1847; attended the common schools; entered Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis., in 1855; studied law but adopted civil engineering as a profession; engaged on the Chicago & North Western Railway until April 19, 1861, when he enlisted as a private in Company E, Second Regiment, Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry; commissioned captain of his company; was captured at Gettysburg and confined in Libby Prison, Richmond, Va., at Macon, Ga., and at Charleston and Columbia, S.C., being prisoner for eighteen months; after the war engaged in operative railway work in Kansas; general superintendent for four years; moved to Duluth, St. Louis County, Minn., in 1885; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-third Congress (March 4, 1893-March 3, 1895); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1894 to the Fifty-fourth Congress; chairman of the Chippewa Indian Commission 1894-1897; went to Alaska in November 1897; died in Seattle, Wash., April 15, 1901; interment in Forest Hill Cemetery, Duluth, Minn.
    --- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

    Father: Edwin R. BALDWIN b: ABT 1813 in Vermont
    Mother: Sophia COBLEIGH b: ABT 1816 in Vermont

    Marriage 1 Spouse Unknown
    • Married:
    1. Has No Children George M. BALDWIN b: MAR 1867 in Wisconsin

    Marriage 2 Jeanette b: DEC 1858 in Wisconsin
    • Married: BET 1876 AND 1878
    1. Has No Children Harold Randolph BALDWIN b: 9 JAN 1885 in Illinois
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