Henry Baird was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1800. He immigrated to Pittsburgh with his family in 1805 and studied law in Pennsylvania and Ohio. In 1823 he was accepted to the bar and became the first practicing attorney in Wisconsin. Henry's law practice took on a great deal of work that concerned Indian affairs, representing the Ho-Chunk and Menominee in 1830 land transactions. Henry also presided over the state government's first official meeting and ,ten years later, served as a delegate to the first constitutional convention. He was constantly involved in business and politics and was the Mayor of Green Bay for two terms during the Civil War. Henry and his wife Elizabeth were very involved in the community. In 1871, they took joint charge of the relief effort for victims of the destructive Peshtigo Fire.