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Roger Nash Baldwin

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Roger Nash Baldwin

Co-Founder of the ACLU


Who was Roger Nash Baldwin?

Roger Nash Baldwin was an American civil rights activist and co-founder of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Born in Wellesley, Massachusetts, on January 21, 1884, Baldwin dedicated his life to defending civil liberties and championing social justice.

Baldwin's passion for civil liberties emerged during his early years as a student at Harvard University, where he became involved in progressive causes. In 1920, he played a pivotal role in founding the ACLU, an organization dedicated to safeguarding individual freedoms guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. Baldwin served as its first executive director until 1950, and later as a member of its board of directors.

Throughout his career, Baldwin fearlessly fought against government encroachments on civil liberties, including freedom of speech, freedom of the press, and the right to privacy. He actively challenged unjust laws and policies, consistently advocating for the rights of marginalized groups, including workers, immigrants, and minorities.

Baldwin's tireless efforts to protect civil liberties made a lasting impact on American society. His advocacy work and strategic legal battles resulted in numerous landmark Supreme Court decisions, shaping the interpretation and defense of civil liberties for generations to come.

In recognition of his unwavering commitment to the cause, Baldwin received the Medal of Freedom from President Jimmy Carter, the highest civilian honor in the United States, on January 14, 1981. He passed away just a few months later on August 26, 1981, leaving behind a remarkable legacy of courage and dedication to protecting the fundamental rights of all individuals.


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Benton MacKaye

Co-Founder, Appalachian Trail

8th cousin 2 times removed
via Alexander Carpenter

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Samuel P. Goddard

12th Governor of Arizona

8th cousin
via John Alden

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Clare Eames

Silent Movie Actress

7th cousin 1 time removed
via Nicholas Jacob

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Clare Eames

Silent Movie Actress

7th cousin 1 time removed
via Thomas Little

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Samuel P. Goddard

12th Governor of Arizona

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Richard Warren

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Samuel P. Goddard

12th Governor of Arizona

8th cousin 1 time removed
via John Faunce

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Clare Eames

Silent Movie Actress

8th cousin
via John Otis

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Samuel P. Goddard

12th Governor of Arizona

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Edward Doty

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Myron H. Avery

Co-Founder, Appalachian Trail

7th cousin
via Thomas Little

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Admiral Richard Worsam Meade III

Union Navy - U.S. Civil War

9th cousin 1 time removed
via Alexander Carpenter

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Rob Cantor

Singer and Songwriter

8th cousin 6 times removed
via Humphrey Turner

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Rob Cantor

Singer and Songwriter

9th cousin 4 times removed
via Thomas Richardson

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Rob Cantor

Singer and Songwriter

8th cousin 4 times removed
via Edward Doty

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Zach Snyder

Filmmaker

8th cousin 3 times removed
via Richard Warren

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Zach Snyder

Filmmaker

9th cousin 3 times removed
via William Brewster

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Anthony Edwards

TV and Movie Actor

7th cousin 3 times removed
via Thomas Little

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Anthony Edwards

TV and Movie Actor

8th cousin 1 time removed
via William Barstow

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Ann Morgan Guilbert

TV and Movie Actress

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Jonathan Brewster

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William Egan

1st Governor of Alaska

8th cousin 1 time removed
via Jonathan Brewster

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Taylor Lautner

TV and Movie Actor

7th cousin 5 times removed
via Thomas Little

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Taylor Lautner

TV and Movie Actor

7th cousin 4 times removed
via John Turner

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Diane Brewster

TV and Movie Actress

6th cousin 2 times removed
via Benjamin Bartlett Jr.

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Diane Brewster

TV and Movie Actress

10th cousin 1 time removed
via Alexander Carpenter

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Lyman Spitzer

Astronomer and Theoretical Physicist

10th cousin
via Alexander Carpenter

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Lyman Spitzer

Astronomer and Theoretical Physicist

8th cousin 2 times removed
via Jonathan Brewster

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Roger Nash Baldwin photo by Bernard Gotfryd