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Baldwin Locomotive Works: Evolution of the American Locomotive, 1907

An Unschooled Tinkerer

Matthias Baldwin, born in 1795, was an unschooled tinkerer with all things mechanical. His mother apprenticed him to Philadelphia jewelmakers at the age of 16. After learning the trade and operating his own business, first in jewelry and then widening into other areas of tool work, Baldwin went into business with a machinist and woodworker named Mason and the combination of their talents resulted in machinery products for the printing and binding industry.