William Woodward Baldwin

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William Woodward Baldwin (June 23, 1862 1954) was a United States lawyer who served as Third Assistant Secretary of State from 1896 to 1897.



William Woodward Baldwin was born on June 23, 1862, the son of Summerfield and Frances (Cugle) Baldwin. He was raised in Baltimore and studied at Phillips Exeter Academy from 1880 to 1882. [1] He later attended Harvard College, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1886, and the University of Maryland School of Law, receiving an LL.B. in 1888. His wife, the former Katherine Willard, was a niece of Frances Willard. [2] Together, they had a son, Summerfield in 1897.

After law school, Baldwin moved to New York City, where he began to practice law, eventually as part of the law firm of Boston & Baldwin. [3] In 1896, President of the United States Grover Cleveland selected Baldwin to be Third Assistant Secretary of State and Baldwin held this office from February 29, 1896 until April 1, 1897. After his time in office, Baldwin resumed the practice of law, settling in Briarcliff Manor, New York. [4] He became a trustee of the Briarcliff Congregational Church, [5] counsel to the village, and member of the district's board of education and Mount Pleasant Field Club. [6]

Baldwin died on October 17, 1954, and is buried in the Baldwin Memorial Church in Millersville, Maryland.

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  1. General Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the Phillips Exeter Academy, 1783-1903 (1903) , p. 112.
  2. Ruth Bordin, Frances Willard: A Biography (University of North Carolina Press, 1986), p. 126; Writing Out My Heart: Selections from the Journal of Frances E. Willard, 1855-96, ed. Carolyn De Swarte Gifford (University of Illinois Press, 1995), p. 406, n. 1.
  3. "W. W. Baldwin to Succeed Rockhill; A New-Yorker Selected for Third Assistant Secretary of State", New York Times, Feb. 18, 1896.
  4. William Woodward Baldwin, "The Record of Smith", New York Times, Dec. 25, 1910.
  5. Who's Who in New York City and State (5th ed.). New York, New York: W. F. Brainard. 1911. p.  40.
  6. Huddleston, John Henry (1911). Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Report of the Secretary of the Class of 1886 of Harvard College. New York, New York: Harvard University Press. pp.  35-6. Retrieved May 28, 2016.
Government offices
Preceded by
William Woodville Rockhill
Third Assistant Secretary of State
February 29, 1896 April 1, 1897
Succeeded by
Thomas W. Cridler