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Excerpt from “History of the North Country
by Harry F. Landon; Published 1932

Transcribed for internet by Anne M. Cady

 

The following biography is extracted from the “History of the North Country – A History embracing Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis and Franklin Counties, New York” by Harry F. Landon.  This massive history consists of three large volumes with hundreds of short biographies.  As time permits, I will be transcribing the entries with ties to Saint Lawrence County and putting them online. 

 

William James Baldwin, M.D. –

One of the better known professional men of St. Lawrence County, successfully engaged in practice for 20 years at Potsdam, is Dr. Baldwin.  He was born at Ogdensburg, Dec 13, 1879, the son of James and Elizabeth (McCaffery) Baldwin.

 

James Baldwin, deceased, spent 57 years in the employ of the Rutland railroad.  He was a native of Canada and was four years of age when his parents brought him to New York and settled at Brasher Falls.  He was educated in the public schools and was a graduate of Lawrenceville Academy.  He entered the employ of the Rutland Railroad Company in 1868, and served as passenger conductor from 1877 until the time of his death in December, 1925.  He was a Democrat and held membership in the Catholic Church.  Elizabeth (McCaffery) Baldwin was born at Dannemora, N.Y. and died April 7, 1915.  Both are buried at Ogdensburg.  To Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin were born six children:  1. Mary, died in 1924, was the wife of Michael Collins.  2. John, who died in 1878.  3. William James, the subject of this sketch.  4. Thomas Francis, who died April 27, 1912.  5.  Charles A., lives at Kansas City, Mo.  6. Margaret, married Patrick Casey, lives at Ogdensburg.

 

After his graduation from Ogdensburg High School and St. Mary’s Academy, William James Baldwin entered Holy Cross College at Worcester, Mass.  He received the degree of Bachelor of Arts from that institution in 1903 and was graduated in Medicine from McGill University, Montreal, in 1910.  During the following year he established his present practice at Potsdam.  He has been a member of the board of health and is on the staff of Potsdam Hospital.  He also is identified with the St. Lawrence County, New York State, and American Medical Associations.

 

On Sept. 27, 1913, Dr. Baldwin married Miss Mary Eleanor McCarter, the daughter of John and Caroline (Marshall) McCarter.  Both Mr. and Mrs. McCarter were born at Lisbon, N.Y.  He died in 1921 and she died in 1906.  They are buried at Ogdensburg.

 

Dr. Baldwin is a Democrat, a member of the Knights of Columbus, Fourth degree, and belongs to Theta Delta Chi fraternity.  He is a director of the People’s Bank of Potsdam.

 

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