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MARTIN, John Mason

1837–1898

Biography

MARTIN, John Mason, (son of Joshua Lanier Martin), a Representative from Alabama; born in Athens, Limestone County, Ala., January 20, 1837; attended the common schools, the high school in Green Springs, Ala., and the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa; was graduated from Centre College, Danville, Ky., in 1856; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1858 and commenced practice in Tuscaloosa, Ala.; member of the State senate 1871-1876 and served as president pro tempore 1873-1876; professor of equity jurisprudence in the University of Alabama 1875-1886; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1885-March 3, 1887); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1886 to the Fiftieth Congress; resumed the practice of law in Birmingham, Ala.; died in Bowling Green, Warren County, Ky., June 16, 1898; interment in Greenwood Cemetery, Tuscaloosa, Ala.

View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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External Research Collections

Alabama Department of Archives and History

Montgomery, AL
Papers: 1879-1898 and 1799-1856. 1 cubic foot. Genealogy, correspondence, financial papers, speeches, political material, newspaper clippings, and photographs.
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