August 28, 1828, Princeton, New Jersey.

February 11, 1887, Rye, New York.


Charles was the second son of evangelical Presbyterian historian Robert Baird, master of the Latin school in Princeton. He went to Europe in 1835 with his father, when the elder Baird went to represent the Foreign Evangelical Society, whose mission was to support the Protestant cause in the Catholic countries of Europe.

Charles returned to America for his formal education, attending the University of the City of New York, and the Union Theological Seminary, New York City, in 1852. From 1852–54, he was Chaplain to the American Embassy in Rome. In 1854–55, he was agent of the American and Foreign Christian Union in New York.

Baird spent the year of 1855, at just 27 years of age, writing his work Eutaxia, which was initially published anonymously (though evidently most reviewers were aware of the book’s author).

Baird’s first pastorate was at the Reformed (Dutch) Church on Bergen Hill, Brooklyn, 1859–61. In 1861, he moved to the Presbyterian Church in Rye, New York, remaining there the rest of his life.

Baird’s works include:

  1. Dream of Pilate’s Wife, The

Baird’s burial place