Simeon Baldwin


In August 1782, Simeon Baldwin was brought to Albany to be a teacher at the "academy." He seems to have held a position in Albany for less than a year. In 1783, he left to become a tutor at Yale. After that, he became a prominent and long-lived attorney and jurist. This sketch focuses on that Albany year.

Baldwin was born in Norwich, Connecticut in December 1761. He was the son of Ebenezer and Bethiah Barker Baldwin. His father was a farmer and blacksmith. His mother died and his father married a widow with whom young Simeon formed an enduring bond.

At age thirteen, he went to live with his brother in New Haven. Simeon was educated at Yale where he studied under his older brother, Ebenezer Baldwin. His brother died in 1776. Simeon graduated from Yale in 1781. He then taught school in New Haven.

Baldwin came to Albany at the request of the Albany city council to teach at the Academy. By 1783, he had become preceptor of the Academy but he remained only until September. Although, his name is mostly absent from the community-based record, he is said to have left Albany in November.

While in Albany, he is said to have been trained in the law under attorney Peter W. Yates with whom he lived while in Albany. Yates sought to become young Simeon's patron and mentor. However, he found Albany society not to his liking and the unhappy Baldwin would soon return to New England.

The best and most interesting source for his Albany experience is the complex memoir produced by his grandson, Simeon E. Baldwin.

In September 1788, his final account for twenty-two pounds was paid by the Albany government.

Attorney, jurist, and congressman, he settled permanently in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1787, he had married Rebecca, the daughter of Roger Sherman. She died in 1795 after bearing four children. In 1800, Baldwin then married her sister, the widow Elizabeth Burr - with whom he fathered five more children.

Simeon Baldwin died in May 1851 having lived into his 90s.

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the people of colonial Albany Sources: The life of Simeon Baldwin has not been assigned a CAP biography number. This sketch is derived chiefly from Internet and community-based resources. Wikipedia. Baldwin's Albany sojourn has been brought to life in an article by Marta Wagner.

For fascinating reading, see The Life and Letters of Simeon Baldwin, by Simeon E. Baldwin; published in 1919.

posted 4/30/09; updated 11/15/10