Sedgwick, C. B. (Charles Baldwin), 1815-1883

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American lawyer and Congressman.

From the description of Autograph letter signed, incomplete at the beginning : [n.p.], to an unidentified official, [n.d.]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270662699

American lawyer; Congressman from New York.

From the description of Autograph letters signed (2) : Ashfield, Massachusetts and Syracuse, to [John W.] Field, 1872 Aug. 28-1872 23 Oct. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270664207

Charles Baldwin Sedgwick (1815-1883) was an American attorney and U.S. Congressman from New York State. While an attorney in Syracuse he was a member of the defense counsel for the Jerry Rescue case.

Sedgwick was born on March 15, 1815 near Pompey, New York. His parents, Stephen and Anne Baldwin Sedgwick, sent him to Pompey Hill Academy. Later in 1834 he graduated from Hamilton College. Around 1835 he married Ellen Smith who died in 1846. In 1847 Sedgwick married Deborah Gannett of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In 1846 Sedgwick moved from Pompey to Syracuse, N.Y. and opened a law office. During the latter part of the decade he became involved with various social reform causes, particularly the anti-slavery movement. He was affiliated with American Anti-Slavery Society, and was a member of the Syracuse Vigilance Committee which aided runaway slaves. Sedgwick was one of the attorneys for the defense in the Jerry Rescue Case.

Sedgwick was elected to Congress in 1859 where he served two consecutive terms as the representative of the twenty-forth District. As a member of Congress he distinguished himself as an anti-slavery advocate, and as Chairman of the Navy Committee. In 1863 he returned to private life, and the practice of law.

See the attached genealogical table for the Sedgwick family tree.

From the guide to the Charles Baldwin Sedgwick Papers, 1814-1891, (Special Collections Research Center, Syracuse University Libraries)

Relation Name
associatedWith Agassiz, Louis, 1807-1873 person
associatedWith Bowles, Samuel, 1826-1878 person
associatedWith Chase, Salmon P. (Salmon Portland), 1808-1873 person
associatedWith Child, Francis James, 1825-1896 person
associatedWith Clarke, James Freeman, 1810-1888 person
associatedWith Conkling, Roscoe, 1829-1888 person
associatedWith Cremin, Robert, person
associatedWith Cremin, Robert, Mrs, person
associatedWith Curtis, George William, 1824-1892 person
associatedWith Dahlgren, John Adolphus Bernard, 1809-1870 person
associatedWith Dana, Richard Henry, 1815-1882 person
associatedWith Dawes, Henry L. (Henry Laurens), 1816-1903 person
associatedWith Dickinson, Daniel S. (Daniel Stevens), 1800-1866 person
associatedWith Field, John W., 1815-1887, person
associatedWith Fields, James Thomas, 1817-1881 person
associatedWith Forbes, John Murray, 1813-1898 person
associatedWith Frémont, John Charles, 1813-1890 person
associatedWith Garrison, William Lloyd, 1805-1879 person
associatedWith Geddes, George W. (George Washington), 1824-1892 person
associatedWith Hay, John, 1838-1905. person
associatedWith Hoar, George Frisbie, 1826-1904 person
associatedWith Jay, John, 1817-1894 person
associatedWith King, Thomas Starr, 1824-1864 person
correspondedWith Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth, 1807-1882 person
associatedWith May, Samuel J. (Samuel Joseph), 1797-1871. person
associatedWith Minturn, Robert Bowne, 1805-1866 person
associatedWith Morton, Levi P. (Levi Parsons), 1824-1920 person
associatedWith Norton, Charles Eliot, 1827-1908 person
associatedWith Peabody, Elizabeth Palmer, 1804-1894 person
associatedWith Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884 person
associatedWith Sedgwick family. family
associatedWith Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872 person
associatedWith Smith, Gerrit, 1797-1874 person
correspondedWith Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874 person
associatedWith Trumbull, J. Hammond (James Hammond), 1821-1897. person
associatedWith Washburn, Israel, 1813-1883 person
associatedWith Watson, Robert Spence, 1837-1911 person
associatedWith Wheaton family. family
associatedWith White, Andrew Dickson, 1832-1918 person
Place Name Admin Code Country
New York (State)
Syracuse (N.Y.), History.
United States
Politics, government and public administration
New York State
Civil War (U.S.)
Abolitionists--United States
Activism and social reform
Lawyers--New York (State)
Slavery--United States--Anti-slavery movements
Social reformers--United States
Social reformers


Birth 1815-03-15

Death 1883-02-03



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