Henry Clarence Baldridge (November 24, 1868 – June 8, 1947) was an American politician. A Republican, he was the 14th Governor of Idaho, serving from 1927 until 1931.[2]

H. C. Baldridge
14th Governor of Idaho
In office
January 3, 1927 – January 5, 1931
LieutenantO. E. Hailey
W. B. Kinne
O. E. Hailey
Preceded byCharles C. Moore
Succeeded byC. Ben Ross
15th Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
In office
January 1, 1923 – January 3, 1927
GovernorCharles C. Moore
Preceded byCharles C. Moore
Succeeded byO. E. Hailey
Member of the Idaho House of Representatives
In office
Member of the Idaho Senate
In office
Personal details
Henry Clarence Baldridge

(1868-11-24)November 24, 1868
Carlock, Illinois
DiedJune 8, 1947(1947-06-08) (aged 78)
Boise, Idaho [1]
Resting placeParma Cemetery, Parma, Idaho
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Cora A. McCreighton Baldridge
(m. 1893–1941, her death)
Children1 son, 1 daughter [1]
Alma materIllinois Wesleyan University
ProfessionEducation, Mercantile, Agribusiness, Banking


Born in Carlock, Illinois, Baldridge was educated in public schools. He attended Illinois Wesleyan University and then taught school.[3] He married Cora A. McCreighton on February 1, 1893.[4] They had a son, M. Claire Baldridge, and a daughter, L. Gail Baldridge.[1]


Baldridge relocated from Illinois to Southwestern Idaho in 1904 and settled in Parma, working in the mercantile trade. Later he dealt in implements and hardware and was president of the local bank.[1] Baldridge entered the Idaho Legislature in 1911 as a member of the Idaho House of Representatives. In 1913, he was elected to the Idaho Senate, where he served a single term. In 1922 he was elected the 15th Lieutenant Governor of Idaho. He was re-elected in 1924 and served in that capacity in the administration of Governor Charles C. Moore. Baldridge was elected governor in 1926 and re-elected in 1928. Although he warned against the expansion of public building programs, significant additions were made to the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. State highway building was financed by a state gasoline tax.

After leaving office on January 5, 1931, Baldridge returned to his various business interests. He ran for Congress in the Idaho's 1st congressional district in 1942, but was defeated in the general election by five-term incumbent Compton I. White of Clark Fork, Idaho. Baldridge was appointed Commissioner of Charitable Returns from 1943 to 1945.[3]


After the death of his wife, Baldridge moved from Parma to Boise in 1942. He died in Boise on June 8, 1947, and is interred at Parma Cemetery in Parma.


  1. ^ a b c d "H.C. Baldridge, former Idaho governor, dead". Lewiston Morning Tribune. Idaho. Associated Press. June 9, 1947. p. 1.
  2. ^ "Former Idaho governor expires". Spokane Daily Chronicle. Washington. Associated Press. June 9, 1947. p. 2.
  3. ^ a b "H. C. Baldridge". National Governors Association. Retrieved September 22, 2012.
  4. ^ "H. C. Baldridge". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved September 22, 2012.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charles C. Moore
Lieutenant Governor of Idaho
January 1, 1923 – January 3, 1927
Succeeded by
O. E. Hailey
Preceded by
Charles C. Moore
Governor of Idaho
January 3, 1927 – January 5, 1931
Succeeded by
C. Ben Ross