Dayton Baldwin
Morris Co. Up

Biographical and Genealogical History of Morris County New Jersey. Illustrated. Vol. II., Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1899, p385.

Mr. Baldwin resides in Chatham on the farm where his birth occurred March 24, 1847. His father, Samuel Baldwin, was the owner of the homestead, and thereon the son was reared, early being trained to habits of industry and economy. He spent his youth in the quiet pursuits of the farm, and found in the labors of field and meadow the needed development for his physical nature, while his mental talents were stimulated and cultivated by training in the public schools of the neighborhood. When twenty-three years of age he was married and then located on a farm in Chatham, where he carried on agricultural pursuits for ten years. He also dealt in horses and engaged in the manufacture of lumber, owning and operating a steam sawmill. He lived upon that place until 1887, when he purchased the old homestead, and has since dealt in horses. His thorough understanding of the best methods to care for and train a horse have led to his success in this enterprise, and he now handles about two hundred horses annually, deriving a good income from this business. His farm comprises thirty acres of land, much of which is used for pasturage.

On the 9th of October, 1871, Mr. Baldwin was united in marriage to Miss Catherine Hill, a native of Union county, and a daughter of Peter and Dorathea (Kline) Hill, natives respectively of New Jersey and Germany. They now have three children: Mary E., Fred H. and Clara A. In his political faith Mr. Baldwin is a Democrat, and has served as township committeeman, filling the office for six years, beginning in 1889. In the spring of 1897 he was elected township collector and is therefore the present incumbent, and for three years has served on the board of education of Chatham township. Socially he is connected with Madison Lodge, No. 93, A. F. & A. M.; Summit Council of the Royal Arcanum; and the Junior Order American Mechanics.

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