Baldwin, William H. (ON HOLD)
Boston businessman & philanthropist, led Boston Young Men’s Christian Union 1868-1907
Autograph ID: 4268
Condition: Very Good
Description: “(1826-1909) Massachusetts-born businessman, established Baldwin, Baxter and Co., a woolen goods import business, in 1850. During the Civil War he was an active member of the Ward 11 Boston Soldiers’ Relief Commission, dedicated to providing relief to families and soldiers of the Army of the Potomac. He retired from business in 1868 and was President of the Boston Young Men’s Christian Union until 1907. The Union was founded as a society for the mutual improvement of young men in 1852. While Baldwin was best remembered for his work with this society, he was a well-known Boston philanthropist and member of a number of organizations. He served on the Boston School Board 1870-75; president of the Children’s Mission to the Children of the Destitute; director of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals; president of the National Unitarian Sunday School Society; vice president of the Unitarian Church Temperance Society; and a founder of the American Unitarian Association. Son Wm. H. Baldwin, Jr. (1863-1905) was a noted railroad executive and trustee of the Tuskegee Institute.
SP, 6 ½ x 4 ¼ cabinet photograph by H. G. Smith Studio of Boston, signed with sentiment at bottom, with note on verso in Baldwin’s hand: “copy of oil painting taken by Robert Gordon Hardie in 1889, and presented to the Boston Young Men’s Christian Union by the late Mahlon D. and John P. Spaulding of Boston”.”