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Ebenezer Baldwin

May 20, 1790
January 26, 1837
Home Town:
New Haven, CT
Later Residences:
Albany, NY
Biographical Notes:
Ebenezer's father, Simeon Baldwin, graduated from Yale College in 1781 and had a prominent political and legal career in both New York and Connecticut. His mother was Rebecca Sherman Baldwin, the eldest daughter of the Honorable Roger and Rebecca Prescott Sherman.

Ebenezer graduated from Yale College in 1808 and then attended the Litchfield Law School in 1810. After leaving law school, Baldwin moved to Albany, New York where he was admitted to the bar in 1813. Baldwin practiced as a lawyer in Albany and also served as a County Surrogate from 1819 to 1821. While in Albany, Baldwin also acted as the City Recorder and the Master in Chancery. In addition, he was the Military Aide to Governor DeWitt Clinton and held the rank of Colonel.

Due to failing health, Baldwin retired ...

Years at LLS:
Other Education:
Graduated from Yale College in 1808.

Profession / Service
Lawyer; Political Office
Admitted To Bar:
Litchfield, CT on September 27, 1811, and in New York in 1813
State Posts:
Military Aid to Governor DeWitt Clinton (NY)
Local Posts:
Recorder for the City (Albany, NY)
Master in Chancery (Albany, NY)
Surrogate for the County (NY) 1819-1821

Related Objects and Documents
In the Ledger:
help The Citation of Attendance provides primary source documentation of the student’s attendance at the Litchfield Female Academy and/or the Litchfield Law School. If a citation is absent, the student is thought to have attended but currently lacks primary source confirmation.

Records for the schools were sporadic, especially in the formative years of both institutions. If instructors kept comprehensive records for the Litchfield Female Academy or the Litchfield Law School, they do not survive. Researchers and staff have identified students through letters, diaries, family histories and genealogies, and town histories as well as catalogues of students printed in various years. Art and needlework have provided further identification of Female Academy Students, and Litchfield County Bar records document a number of Law School students. The history of both schools and the identification of the students who attended them owe credit to the early 20th century research and documentation efforts of Emily Noyes Vanderpoel and Samuel Fisher, and the late 20th century research and documentation efforts of Lynne Templeton Brickley and the Litchfield Historical Society staff.
Catalogue of the Litchfield Law School, Hartford, CT: Press of Case, Tiffany and Company, 1849, 8.

Litchfield County Bar Association Records, Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library.
Secondary Sources:
Baldwin, Charles Candee. Baldwin Geneaology from 1500 to 1881. Leader Printing Company, 1881.

Dexter, Franklin Bowditch. Biographical Sketches of the Graduates of Yale College with Annals of College History, Vol. 6. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1912.

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