Viewing Douglas A. Hedin, "Judge Hial D. Baldwin (1827-1906)."
Hial David Baldwin served eight months as Judge of the Ninth Judicial District in Minnesota. His appointment to the bench by Governor Hubbard on April 2, 1882, was greeted with withering criticism by newspapers throughout the district as well as by a skeptical bar, which preferred other lawyers for the post. He was not even nominated at the Republican Party's judicial district convention, which endorsed Benjamin F. Webber for district court judge on the first ballot. He left office in January 1883 and returned to private practice in Redwood Falls.