Abraham Baldwin, A Georgia Biography

Abraham Baldwin was a state legislator, founder and president of a university, member of the Confederation Congress, signer of the U.S. Constitution, and member of the U.S. House and later the U.S. Senate. Georgia Governor Lyman Hall asked Baldwin to create a plan for higher education in Georgia in the 1780’s. Through Baldwin’s efforts, the state approved a charter in 1785 for the University of Georgia .In 1787 Baldwin was one of four Georgia delegates to attend the US constitutional convention in Philadelphia. By the time the constitution was completed, only two Georgia delegates remained to sign the document. Baldwin was one of them, earning the title of “founding father” for the new nation. Two years later, while still serving as UGA president, Baldwin was elected to the first of five consecutive terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He also served two terms in the U.S. Senate, from 1799 until 1807, the year of his death. He is remembered as the founder of the University of Georgia and as a signer of the U.S. Constitution.