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John Finley Baldwin Jr
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1955 – January 3, 1963
Preceded by Robert Condon
Succeeded by William S. Mailliard
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1963 – March 9, 1966
Preceded by Harlan Hagen
Succeeded by Jerome R. Waldie
Personal details
Born (1915-06-28)June 28, 1915
Oakland, California
Died March 9, 1966(1966-03-09) (aged 50)
Washington, D.C.
Resting place Oakmont Memorial Park
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Mary Isaacs Baldwin (m. 1944)
Parents John Finley Baldwin

Nellie Linekin

Residence Danville, California
Alma mater University of California at Berkeley
UC Berkeley School of Law
Military service
Allegiance  United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service April 1941- October 1946
Rank US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel

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

Early life[]

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] Baldwin voted in favor of the Civil Rights Acts of 1957,[6] 1960,[7] and 1964,[8] and the Voting Rights Act of 1965.[9]


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


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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Condon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 6th congressional district

Succeeded by
William S. Mailliard
Preceded by
Harlan Hagen
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from California's 14th congressional district

Succeeded by
Jerome R. Waldie

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