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John Finley Baldwin Jr. (June 28, 1915 – March 9, 1966) was an American military officer and later a U.S. Representative from California.[1]

John Finley Baldwin Jr
John F. Baldwin.jpeg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1963
Preceded byRobert Condon
Succeeded byWilliam S. Mailliard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 14th district
In office
January 3, 1963 – March 9, 1966
Preceded byHarlan Hagen
Succeeded byJerome R. Waldie
Personal details
Born(1915-06-28)June 28, 1915
Oakland, California
DiedMarch 9, 1966(1966-03-09) (aged 50)
Washington, D.C.
Cause of deathCancer
Resting placeOakmont Memorial Park
Political partyRepublican
Mary Isaacs Baldwin (m. 1944)
ParentsJohn Finley Baldwin Nellie Linekin
ResidenceDanville, California
Alma materUniversity of California at Berkeley
UC Berkeley School of Law
Military service
Allegiance United States of America
Branch/service United States Army
Years of serviceApril 1941- October 1946
RankUS-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel

Early lifeEdit

Born in Oakland, California in 1915 to parents John Finley Baldwin and Nellie Linekin, John F. Baldwin Jr. graduated from San Ramon Valley High School located in Danville, California. He then went on to UC Berkeley where he majored in accounting and finance. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 1935 and soon after he became the assistant manager of South-Western Publishing Co.[2][3]

John and Mary were married at the Presidio of San Francisco in December 1944 while he was a Major in the Army and Mary was a secretary.[4]


Baldwin joined the United States Army in 1941 and served in the area of finance, first as a training director at the Army Finance School and later with the Office of Fiscal Director. By the time of his retirement in 1946, he had attained the rank of lieutenant-colonel.[3][5]

He then returned to school to study law, graduating from the University of California Boalt Hall School of Law in 1949.[3]

He was elected as a Republican to the Eighty-fourth and to the five succeeding Congresses, serving from January 3, 1955, until his death in Washington, D.C., on March 9, 1966.[1][3][5]


John F. Baldwin Elementary School, in Danville, was named after him. John F. Baldwin Park in Concord was also established to honor him.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "John Finley Baldwin Jr". History, Arts, & Archives-- US House of Representatives. 2010.
  2. ^ "Biography -Baldwin". Political Graveyard. 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d
  4. ^ "Mary Isaacs Baldwin". Martinez News-Gazette. 2015.
  5. ^ a b Marquis Who's Who, Inc. Who Was Who in American History, the Military. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who, 1975. P. 26 ISBN 0837932017 OCLC 657162692

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