Abraham Baldwin - Signers Of The U.S. Constitution
Painting - Watercolor On Cold Press Illustration Board
Abraham Baldwin was born in North Guilford, Connecticut, on November 22, 1754. An exceptionally bright boy, he entered Yale College at the age of thirteen. After graduating in 1772, he remained at Yale to study law. When independence had been won, Baldwin went to Savannah, Georgia to seek his fortune. Arriving there in 1784, he was soon admitted to the bar, and three months later elected to the state legislature -- where he originated the plan for a University of Georgia. The charter was approved on January 27, 1785, making the University of Georgia the first such institution of higher education chartered by a state. Baldwin was then elected to represent the state of Georgia in the Congress of the Confederation. In 1786, he attended the Annapolis Convention, where he supported the need for a national constitutional convention. In 1787, at the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Baldwin distinguished himself with his simple, forcible oratory, and his tolerant examination of wild opinions from some of the other delegates. He regarded his signing of the United States Constitution as the crowning achievement of his career. He went on to serve in the House of Representatives between 1791 and 1799, and became a United States Senator from Georgia in 1799. He did not live, however, to complete his second term, for he died in 1807.
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