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Col. John Brown Baldwin
b.11 JAN 1820 near Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia
d.30 SEP 1873
m. WFT Est 1812-1814
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John Brown Baldwin was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Biography of John Brown Baldwin
An excellent and comprehensive account of the life of John Brown Baldwin is:
Information on John Brown Baldwin
Annals of Augusta County, Virginia, from 1726 to 1871 By Joseph Addison Waddell, pg. 529:
John Brown Baldwin (January 11, 1820–September 30, 1873) was a politician in Virginia during the American Civil War, when he served in the Confederate Congress.
Baldwin was born in Staunton, Virginia. He graduated from Staunton Academy and then the University of Virginia in 1838. He was a member of the college's Board of Visitors from 1856–64. He married Susan Madison Peyton on July 4, 1852.
He was an earnest supporter of the Union during 1860, and worked for peace. He was elected to the state convention, as a Unionist, in 1861. He voted against the ordinance of secession, and was one of the members of the Union delegation that went to Washington, D.C. to interview President Abraham Lincoln. However, when secession of the commonwealth was ratified by the people of Virginia, he felt that it was his duty stay with his home state.
Baldwin was elected as a representative from Augusta County, to the First Confederate Congress, and was then reelected to the Second Confederate Congress and served until the conclusion of the Civil War.
Following the war, Baldwin returned home. He was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates, under the new post-war United States government and was chosen as its Speaker. In this capacity, he showed exceptional ability and the rules of procedure which he evolved are still in use in Virginia, being known as "Baldwin's Rules."
Baldwin is buried in Thornrose Cemetery in Staunton, Virginia.
Jamerson, Bruce F., Clerk of the House of Delegates, supervising (2007). Speakers and Clerks of the Virginia House of Delegates, 1776-2007. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia House of Delegates.