Baldwin, Abraham

Baldwin, Abraham (1754-1807) Signer of the US Constitution: Abraham Baldwin was born on November 22, 1754, in North Guilford, Connecticut. After graduating from Yale in 1772, he taught there for some years. During the Revolutionary War, he served as a chaplain. Baldwin moved to Georgia, passed the bar in 1784 and became a member of the state legislature in 1785. He wrote the charter of Franklin College, the oldest college in the University of Georgia, and was president of the University from 1786 to 1801. Baldwin was a Georgia delegate at the Constitutional Convention in 1787, where he signed the US Constitution. He served in the US House of Representatives (1789-9) and US Senate (1799-1807) before his death in Washington, D.C., on March 4, 1807.