Biographical and Genealogical History of Morris County New Jersey. Illustrated. Vol. II., Lewis Publishing Company, New York and Chicago, 1899, p396.
SAMUEL S. BALDWIN
The subject of this review, Samuel Smith BALDWIN. needs no introduction to the readers of this volume, for the Baldwin family is one of the best known and most highly honored, as well as one of the oldest, in the county. He was born on the old homestead in Chatham township, June 30, 1853, and under the parental roof spent his childhood days. At the age of seventeen years, however, there came a change in his hitherto quiet life, for he entered upon his business career as a mason's apprentice, serving a four years term. When that period had expired he worked as a journeyman for some years and then began contracting on his own account. His thorough mastery of the business in all its details, his fidelity to the terms of a contract and his unquestioned reliability have secured him a liberal patronage, and he has been prominently identified with the building interests in New Providence, Chatham and Madison. He also carried on a farm, which is well managed and adds not a little to his income. His business policy is a safe and conservative one, and at the same time he is thoroughly progressive and in touch with the enterprising spirit of the times.
Mr. Baldwin is a man of domestic tastes and finds his chief enjoyment in his home. He was married on the 22d of February.1877, the lady of his choice being Miss Dora J. GARDNER, a native of North Coventry, Connecticut, and a daughter of George W. and Hattie S. GARDNER, who removed from Connecticut to New York. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. BALDWIN: Herbert. who died at the age of nine years; Grace, Hattie, Edna and Marie. The parents hold membership in the Presbyterian church, and in his political faith Mr. BALDWIN is a Democrat. Their house is always open to their friends and no one leaves there without feeling glad that he had the privilege of being there.
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