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Absalom Baird


Session Position District Party
1795-1796 N/A Jeffersonian Republican
 Counties   Allegheny


1758 - 1805

Absalom Baird was the son of Scottish immigrant and Chester County settler Captain Thomas Baird and Catherine McClean. His father was a British army lieutenant who was killed during the French and Indian War, 1758, at Grant’s Hill (Pittsburgh), after serving with General Braddock in 1755. Born in Chester County, 1758, Dr. Absalom Baird was educated by his widowed mother, studied under Dr. Robert Smith at the Pequa Academy (Lancaster County) and the Neshamony Log College before serving as a surgeon in the Continental Line during the Revolution. He established a medical office at Kennett Square after the war, marrying Susan Harlan Brown in Wilmington, Delaware, July 14, 1783. In 1786, the two moved to Washington County where Absalom continued the practice of medicine; became a justice of the peace and judge in 1789; trustee of the Washington Academy; county lieutenant and brigade inspector in 1792; state Senator in 1794; member of the state House of Representatives, 1798; and sheriff of Washington County, 1799. He married, second, Margaret Darrah in 1803; and passed away in Washington County on October 27, 1805.