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date: 18 November 2019


  • Cynthia Adams Hoover
  • , revised by Edwin M. Good
  •  and Anne Beetem Acker


American firm of instrument makers, predominantly of pianos and organs. It was founded in Cincinnati in 1862 by Dwight Hamilton Baldwin (b North East (Erie County), PA, 15 Sept 1821; d Cincinnati, OH, 23 Aug 1899). He attended the preparatory department of Oberlin College (1840–42) and was then a minister and school singing teacher in Kentucky and Ohio. He moved to Cincinnati in 1857 to teach music in schools. In 1862 he opened a retail piano and reed organ store. D.H. Baldwin & Co. was formed in June 1873 when Lucien Wulsin (1845–1912), a clerk in Baldwin’s firm since 1866, became partner. Robert A. Johnson (1838–84) opened a Louisville branch in 1877 and became a partner in 1880. Three more partners joined in 1884: Albert A. van Buren, George W. Armstrong Jr (1857–1932), and Clarence Wulsin (1855–97), who ran an Indianapolis branch. Initially, the firm created a chain of company-owned retail stores, but by ...

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