Representative James Douglas MARTIN

YEARS 1918-2017
OFFICE Representative
STATE Alabama
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 89th (1965-1967)

Representative James Douglas MARTIN Biography

MARTIN, James Douglas, a Representative from Alabama; born in Tarrant, Jefferson County, Ala., September 1, 1918; educated in the public schools of Jefferson County and the Birmingham School of Law; employed in the petroleum industry in 1937; enlisted in the United States Army in July 1941, and commanded a battery of artillery in Europe; also served as an intelligence officer in the Army of Occupation and was discharged as a major in March 1946; returned to the oil industry; unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate in 1962; elected as a Republican to the Eighty-ninth Congress (January 3, 1965-January 3, 1967); was not a candidate for reelection in 1966 to the Ninetieth Congress; unsuccessful candidate for Governor of Alabama in 1966; unsuccessful candidate for Republican nomination to the United States Senate in 1972; unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1978 for the unexpired term of James B. Allen; resumed work in the petroleum industry; commissioner, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, 1987-1999; died in Gadsden, Ala., on October 30, 2017. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

External Research Collections

Alabama Department of Archives and History Montgomery, AL Papers: In the Alabama. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Annual, Biennial and Quadrennial Reports, 1908-[ongoing], 3.1 cubic ft. Persons represented include James D. Martin. Papers: In the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources State Publications, 1907-[ongoing], 23 cubic feet. The commissioners represented include James D. Martin. Auburn University Library Auburn, AL Papers: In Alabama Farm Bureau Federation Records, 1922-1980, approximately 47 cubic feet. Persons represented include James Douglas Martin. A finding aid is available in the repository. Oral History: In the Julia Marks Young Oral History Interviews, 1974-1975, 12 cassette tapes. Fourteen oral history interviews conducted by Julia Marks Young with candidates, party officials and campaign workers from Alabama’s 1962 senatorial campaign between Democratic incumbent Lister Hill, and Republican challenger James D. Martin.


James Douglas MARTIN Committee Assignments

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