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Joseph Glover Baldwin

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Joseph Glover Baldwin achieved prominence as a jurist and author despite his lack of formal education.

Baldwin was born in January, 1815, near Winchester, Virginia. After establishing a legal practice in 1836 in DeKalb, Mississippi, he relocated to Alabama and entered the legislature of the state in 1844, serving for five years.

In 1854 Baldwin moved again, this time to San Francisco. He maintained a successful practice and was involved in the formulation of the judicial system of San Francisco. He officially entered the judiciary in 1858, presiding as associate justice of the California Supreme Court until 1862.

As an author, Baldwin is famous for The Flush Times of Alabama and Mississippi (1853) and Party Leaders (1855). He died September 30, 1864, in San Francisco, California.

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