Abraham Baldwin

Abraham Baldwin

(1754-1807)

Baldwin was born in Connecticut in 1745.

He attended Yale, where he studied the classics and law.

Baldwin served as a chaplain in the Continental Army.

He moved to Georgia in 1784, obtaining a land grant in Wilkes County.

He served Georgia as a state legislator, in the Continental Congress, at the Philadelphia Convention, and in the House and Senate.

Baldwin founded Franklin College in 1798, which would form the core of the University of Georgia.

As a national legislator, Baldwin supported states’ rights, despite the fact that he had argued for a strong national government at the Philadelphia Convention.

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