C.S. Legislative Branch ★★★ -Baldwin, John Brown - C.S. Congressman, VA

John Brown Baldwin:
Born: January 11, 1820
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Birthplace: Spring Farm Staunton Virginia
Father: Judge Briscoe Gerard Baldwin Sr. 1789 – 1852
(Buried: Thornrose Cemetery Staunton Virginia)
Mother: Martha Steele Brown 1791 – 1870
(Buried: Thornrose Cemetery Staunton Virginia)
Wife: Susan Madison Peyton 1822 – 1899
(Buried: Thornrose Cemetery Staunton Virginia)

1838: Graduated from University of Virginia

Occupation before War:
Attorney in Staunton Virginia
1848 – 1861: Member of Virginia State House of Delegates
1856 – 1864: Member University of Virginia Board of Visitors
Colonel in Virginia State Militia
1860: Supporter of John Bell for President Campaign
1860 – 1861: Worked entirely to try to bring about Peace

Civil War Career:
1861: Augusta County Delegate to Virginia State Secession Convention
1861: Voted against disunion at Virginia State Secession Convention
1861: Colonel & Inspector General of Virginia State Troops
1861 – 1862: Colonel of 52nd​ Virginia Infantry Regiment
1862 – 1865: Confederate States Congressman from Virginia
Supporter of Conscription once it had become established Policy

Sought exemption of numerous classes of producers from conscription
Supporter of army commandeering free negros for labor
Supporter of Strict Currency Controls in the Confederacy
1862 – 1865: Member of House Ways and Means Committee
1864: Suggested doubling the tithe on Agriculture Products
Badgered the House and War Department about inequities and malpractices

Occupation after War:
1865 – 1875: Attorney in Staunton Virginia
1865 – 1869: Member of Virginia State House of Delegates
1865 – 1869: Speaker of Virginia State House of Delegates
1865: Author of Baldwin’s Rules in Virginia
1868: President of Virginia State Conservative Convention
1868: Declined Democratic Nomination for Governor of Virginia
1873: On the day he died all businesses closed and church bells rung in Staunton Virginia

September 30, 1873
Place of Death: Staunton Virginia
Age at time of Death: 53 years old
Burial Place: Thornrose Cemetery Staunton Virginia



Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
He lost to William J. Robertson in the 1859 election for Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. This was an election decided by the legistators. He is said to have given a Pro-Unioist speech on March 21, 1861 that lasted 3 days.


Sep 15, 2018
South Texas
He resigned as CSA colonel on May 1, 1862 but remained a colonel in the Augusta Reserves. He then shortly began his Political career.