CS Con ★★★ Baldwin, John Brown - C.S. Congressman, VA

John Brown Baldwin

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Born: January 11, 1820

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​

Died: September 30, 1873

Place of Death: Staunton, Virginia

Age at time of Death: 53 years old

Burial Place: Thornrose Cemetery, Staunton, Virginia

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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.