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1. Title:   Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachuse
Author:   Cutter, W. R.

a. Note:   nce of his early association with the engineering faculties of the older members of his family turned his attention in that direction. He joined his brother Loammi in the construction of the dry dock at the Charletown Navy Yard. In 1828, he with two others were appointed commissioners to make the survey for a railroad to the western part of the state, a task which took two years. In 1832, he began the location of the Boston & Loweel Railroad, which was constructed under his superintendence. In 1825, the subject of pure water for Boston attracted the attention of authorities and in 1837, he was appointed to a commission to look into the matter further. He objected to the proposal of the majority, which was approved by popular vote. However, in 1844, he was again appointed to a commission to study the same subject and on March 30, 1846, his plan was adopted and the project completed October 25, 1848. For several years he was a senator from Suffolk to the Massachusetts General Court and the first president of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers. Upon his death, the Boston Daily Advertiser said: "he was of a kindly and benevolent disposition, affable in his manners, warm and unfaltering in his attachment to his friends. His sense of justice and fair appreciation of the rights of others showed to great advantage in many of his public works." A memoir of the Honorable James Fowler Baldwin was published in 1865 by Dr. Usher Parsons, which read in part: "He was a gentleman of highly respectable attainments and surpassed by none as a scientific and practical engineer. He was employed by the State to superintend the construction of its gigantic public works. He was a prominent member of the American Academy of Arts and Scinces and during many years held the position in the learned society in the section of Technology and Civil Engineering." James Baldwin had the care of the affairs of Count Rumford's daughter, the Countess Rumford, for a great part of her life. Because of this, she left him a generoud bequest at her decease. He was the friend and protectors of orphans. His last illness was a short one. Returning from a walk, he complained of an iindisposition, and speaking a few words to his wife, he soon expired.
Note:   James Baldwin received his education in the schools of Woburn and in the academies of Billerica and Westford. About 1800, he was in Boston acquiring a mercantile education, in which city he was afterwards established as a merchant; but the influe is NOT responsible for the content of the GEDCOMs uploaded through the WorldConnect Program. The creator of each GEDCOM is solely responsible for its content.