Person:John Baldwin (74)

Col. John Brown Baldwin
d.30 SEP 1873
m. WFT Est 1812-1814
  1. Frances Cornelia Baldwin1815 - 1885
  2. Margaret Baldwinabt 1820 -
  3. Col. John Brown Baldwin1820 - 1873
m. 20 Sep 1842
Facts and Events
Name Col. John Brown Baldwin
Gender Male
Birth? 11 JAN 1820 near Staunton, Augusta County, Virginia
Marriage 20 Sep 1842 Augusta, Virginia, United States[they were 3rd cousins]
to Susan Madison Peyton
Death? 30 SEP 1873

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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.

Biography of John Brown Baldwin

An excellent and comprehensive account of the life of John Brown Baldwin is:

The Life and Times of John Brown Baldwin, 1820-1873: A Chronicle of Virginia's Struggle with Slavery, Secession, Civil War, and Reconstruction (Hardcover), by John R. Hildebrand (Author)

Information on John Brown Baldwin

Annals of Augusta County, Virginia, from 1726 to 1871 By Joseph Addison Waddell, pg. 529:

Used by permission of Mr. John Hildebrand, Roanoke, Virginia, who is a descendant of John Brown Baldwin and is the author of "The Life and Times of John Brown Baldwin", biography.

John Brown Baldwin was the oldest son of Judge Briscoe G. Baldwin, and was born near Staunton, January 11, 1820. His mother was a daughter of Chancellor John Brown. He was educated at the Staunton Academy and the University of Virginia. In 1841 he was admitted to the bar, and the following year married the oldest daughter of John H. Peyton, Esq. As soon as he attained the prescribed age, he was elected by the people of Augusta a member of the House of Delegates, and served one term in that body with Nathaniel Massie, Esq., as his colleague. Having a fondness for military affairs, he became Captain of the Staunton Light Infantry, and, finally, Colonel of the one-hundred-and-sixtieth regiment of militia. At an early age he acquired distinction as a lawyer and as a political speaker. In 1859, his friends brought him forward as a candidate for Judge of the Court of Appeals, the judges being elected by districts, but his competitor, Judge William J. Robertson, obtained a majority of the votes cast. The steps in his subsequent career have been noted in the course of our narrative. Being thoroughly identified with the people of Augusta and highly appreciated by them, his death, which occurred September 30, 1873, caused universal lamentation in the county.


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.

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  1.   Hildebrand, John R. The Life and Times of John Brown Baldwin, 1820-1873 : A Chronicle of Virginia's struggle with slavery, secession, Civil War, and Reconstruction. (Lot's Wife Publishing, January 2008).