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Baldwin, Melvin Riley


Age: 23, credited to Chester, VT
Unit(s): 2nd WI INF
Service: enl, Pvt, Co. E, 2nd WI INF, 4/21/61, pr CORP, pr SERGT, pr 1SGT, 10/13/61, comn 2LT, 4/21/62, pr 1LT, 1/2/63, pr CAPT, 3/3/63, m/o 12/16/64

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Birth: 04/12/1838, Chester, VT
Death: 04/15/1901

Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery, Duluth, MN
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Dan Taylor
Findagrave Memorial #: 6926234


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, widow Jennette, 6/10/1901, MN
Portrait?: Findagrave
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: None


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Forest Hill Cemetery, Duluth, MN

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Baldwin, Melvin R., of Duluth, Minn., was born in Windsor county, April 12, 1838; removed to Wisconsin 1847; entered Lawrence University, Appleton, Wis., 1855, remaining through the sophomore year; studied law, and then adopted civil engineering as a profession; was engaged on Chicago & Northwestern R. R. till April 19, 1861; enlisted as a private in Company E., 2d Wis. Infantry, brigaded with the Iron Brigade; was slightly wounded at the first, and severely wounded at the second battle of Bull Run; promoted to captain of his company; was captured at Gettysburg and confined in Libby, Macon, Georgia, Charleston, and Columbia, South Carolina; made two escapes, but was recaptured, and was finally exchanged after seventeen months' imprisonment. Engaged in operative railroad work in Kansas after the war; was general superintendent four years; removed to Minnesota in 1875, and has resided in Duluth since 1885; president of Duluth Chamber of Commerce since 1886; always a Democrat; twice declined Congressional nomination; nominated by acclamation in August, 1892, and was elected to the 53d Congress.

Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part III, pp. 10.


Suicide of Melvin R. Baldwin

Seattle, Wash., April 17, -- In a fit of despondency over business reverses, aggravated by the depressing effects of an attack of grip, Melvin R. Baldwin, an ex-congressman from Minnesota and former state superintendent of Indian affairs under President Cleveland, yesterday ended his life by putting a bullet through his brain.

Source: The Buffalo (NY) Commercial, 17 Apr 1901.