- John F. Marszalek
Baird, Absalom (20 August 1824–14 June 1905), soldier, was born in Washington, Pennsylvania, the son of William Baird, an attorney and local politician, and Nancy Mitchell. His father died when Baird was ten years old, and he served as assistant teacher to his widowed mother, who opened a school in the family home. In 1841 he graduated from the preparatory department of Washington College. He then studied law for three years in the office of one of the city’s leading attorneys....