Baldwin, Roger Sherman

Baldwin, Roger Sherman

(1793–1863) governor, U.S. senator, abolitionist; born in New Haven, Conn. (grandson of Roger Sherman). He served as the Whig governor of Connecticut (1844–46) and as a U.S. senator (Whig, Conn.; 1847–50). Known for his abolitionist sympathies, he was the defense counsel for the African slaves arrested in the Amistad case (1841).
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