Baldwin, Theron Dd
Baldwin, Theron D.D., a Congregational minister, was born at Goshen, Conn., July 21, 1801. While a school-teacher, he was converted and united with the Church, and a year later, when he was twenty-one years old, he began preparation for college under the tuition of his pastor, Rev. Joseph Harvey, D.D. In a little more than a year he entered Yale College, and duly graduated in 1827, when he immediately began study in the theological department. He was especially conspicuous in the organization of a society among the students for the evangelization of the Mississippi valley and points beyond. All arrangements were completed in the spring of 1829, and efforts were at once begun to procure the funds for the contemplated seminarv in Illinois, which was a part of the scheme of the organization. In a few months the requisite sum (ten thousand dollars) was pledged to the cause. Mr. Baldwin and Rev. J. M. Sturtevant were ordained at Woodbury, Conn., Aug. 27, 1829, and set apart for the work in Illinois, for which state they immediately departed; and Illinois College was founded at Jacksonville by these two men. Mr. Baldwin at the same time began preaching' at Vandalia, and subsequently organized the first Illinois Sunday-school Union at Jacksonville, of which he was appointed secretary. In 1831 the trustees of Illinois College selected bim as agent to solicit funds for the institution in the East; and two years after he returned to Illinois, and entered the service of the American Home Missionary Society as an agent for reaching the emigrants moving westward. Meantime, Capt. Benjamin Godfrey was proposing to found the Monticello Female Academy and was urging Mr. Baldwin to become its principal. Accepting tbe position, he dissolved his connection with the American Home Missionary Society in 1837, and for the rest of his life was directly identified with education in the new states, and was not inaptlv called a "missionary educator." He died at Orange, N. J., April 10, 1870. See Cong. Quarterly, 1875, p. 213.