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BALDWIN, Henry Porter, governor of Michigan, born in Coventry, Rhode Island, 22 February 1814. He received a good education, became a clerk in Pawtucket, where he remained eight years, and on becoming of age engaged in business on his own account in Woonsocket. In 1838 he moved to Detroit, where he became a prominent merchant and president of the second national bank, and was in 1861 and 1862 a member of the state senate. He was governor from 1869 to 1873, and in 1879 was appointed to the United States senate to fill the vacancy caused by the death of senator Zachariah Chandler, serving until 1881. While governor he secured an appropriation for the enlargement of the University of Michigan, and projected the state capitol at Lansing. Mr. Baldwin is a prominent member of the Episcopal Church and well known for his many acts of liberality and public spirit.
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