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The Religious Affiliation of
a Signer of the U.S. Constitution
and a U.S. Representative in the First U.S. Federal Congress (1789-1791)
Abraham Baldwin is regarded as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States of America. He was one of the signers of the Constitution of the United States of America. He was a delegate from Georgia.
Abraham Baldwin was also a U.S. Representative in the First U.S. Federal Congress (1789-1791).
Abraham Baldwin was a Congregationalist, an Episcopalian and/or a Presbyterian according to various sources. Before going into politics, he began his career as a minister.
Abraham Balwin was identified as a Congregationalist by A Worthy Company: Brief Lives of the Framers of the United States Constitution by M. E. Bradford and Georgia Public Library Service. The Library of Congress was cited as the source stating he was later a Presbyterian. (Source: Ian Dorion, "Table of the Religious Affiliations of American Founders", 1997).
From: Robert G. Ferris (editor), Signers of the Constitution: Historic Places Commemorating the Signing of the Constitution, published by the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service: Washington, D.C. (revised edition 1976), pages 140-141:
Rising from a humble background, Baldwin achieved success as a minister, educator, lawyer, and politician. He was a Connecticut Yankee transplanted to Georgia...
...at Yale... He graduated in 1772. Three years later, he became a minister and tutor at the college. He held that position until 1779, when he served as a chaplain in the Continental Army. Two years later, he declined an offer from his alma mater of a professorship of divinity. Instead of resuming his ministerial or educational duties after the war, he turned to the study of law...
Baldwin, who never married, died after a short illness during his 53rd year in 1807. Still serving in the Senate at the time, he was buried in Washington's Rock Creek Cemetery.
Note that numerous sources and authoritative references have been consulted in order to ascertain the religious affiliation of the American Founding Fathers. Note that the excerpts and references mentioned on this page are not the only references used in order to identify this person's religious affiliation.
Portrait: from Robert G. Ferris (editor), Signers of the Constitution: Historic Places Commemorating the Signing of the Constitution, published by the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service: Washington, D.C. (revised edition 1976).
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