Arthur Baldwin - Attorney, Garfield, MacGregor & Baldwin
9534 Lake Shore Boulevard
Arthur Douglas Baldwin was born on April 8, 1876, in the Hawaiian Islands to Henry and Emily Baldwin. He was heir to the missionary-founded firm of Alexander & Baldwin, which with Castle & Cooke, dominated landholding and ocean shipping to the islands. Part of his youth was spent in California where he attended Oakland High School. He prepared for college at the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut and later graduated with a B.A. degree from Yale University in 1898 and an LL.B. degree from Harvard University in 1901. From 1901 to 1903 he was a member of Troop A, Ohio National Guard.
Arthur was introduced to Reba Williams by Abram Garfield, a friend of Arthur at Yale. Reba was the youngest daughter of Edward and Louise Williams. Reba grew up at 9534 Lake Shore Boulevard and was educated in Cleveland public schools, Miss Spenser’s school (Hathaway Brown), Miss Porter’s School in Farmington, Connecticut and Miss Hersey’s school in Boston.
Arthur and Reba married on June 17, 1902. They had five children: Jane (Brooks); Henry Perrine, Louise Mason (King), Sarah Granger (Hanger) born on March 7, 1911, and Lewis William born on January 29, 1914. They lived with their family of seven, as well as five servants.
Reba refused to leave her mother, so Arthur established a law practice in Cleveland. In 1908 he organized the law firm of Crowell & Baldwin that was dissolved in 1911. He was Secretary of Workingmen’s Collateral Loan Company and a director of the American Fabric and Belting Company. In March 1917 Baldwin became a member of the new law firm of Garfield, MacGregor & Baldwin, with the senior member being James R. Garfield, son of President Garfield and brother of Abram Garfield. James had formerly been Secretary of the Interior under President Theodore Roosevelt in 1907.
On November 27, 1917, Baldwin was commissioned first lieutenant of field artillery in the Army during World War I and assigned to active duty at Camp Funston, Kansas. He was later promoted to Captain. Baldwin was a little more than five feet tall and not much more than a hundred pounds but was an inspiration to his men, who dubbed him “Pop.” He received an honorable discharge on May 31, 1919, and returned to Cleveland to continue the practice of law.
Baldwin was a member of the Bratenahl School Board from 1910 to 1913. In 1912, he was an unsuccessful candidate on the Progressive ticket for State Representative.
He was a member of Nisi Prius Club, trustee of Cleveland Federation for Charity and Philanthropy, president of the Babies Dispensary and Hospital, a member of the executive board of the Civic League of Cleveland, chairman of the Board of Trustees of Western Reserve University, president of the Cleveland Hospital Council and secretary of the Survey Committee of the Cleveland Foundation.
Reba was a trustee for the Visiting Nurse Association, the Anti-Tuberculosis League, Babies’ Hospital, Phillis Wheatley Association, Hathaway-Brown School, St. Barnabas Guild of Nurses and the Cleveland Institute of Music.
Baldwin received the Cleveland Medal for Public Service in 1940 and was named Man of the Year by The Cleveland Press in 1954. Social memberships included The Country, Mayfield, Tavern, Union, and University Clubs. Baldwin was a dedicated horseman and a founder of the Cleveland Polo Club. He was instrumental in developing the Chagrin Valley Hunt Club.
Reba died on June 24, 1941. Arthur died on March 9, 1955. Both are buried in Lake View Cemetery.