Representative Joshua Lanier MARTIN

YEARS 1799-1856
OFFICE Representative
STATE Alabama
POLITICAL PARTY Democrat, Jacksonian
WHICH CONGRESS SERVED 24th (1835-1837), 25th (1837-1839)

Representative Joshua Lanier MARTIN Biography

MARTIN, Joshua Lanier, (father of John Mason Martin), a Representative from Alabama; born in Blount County, Tenn., December 5, 1799; attended the country schools; taught school; studied law in Maryville, Tenn.; moved to Russellville, Franklin County, Ala., in 1819 and continued the study of law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in Athens, Limestone County, Ala.; member of the state house of representatives 1822-1828; served as state solicitor 1827-1831; judge of the circuit court in 1834; chancellor of middle Alabama in 841; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress and reelected as a Democrat to the Twenty-fifth Congress (March 4, 1835-March 3, 1839); was not a candidate for renomination in 1838 to the Twenty-sixth Congress; governor of Alabama 1845-1847; resumed the practice of law in Tuscaloosa, Ala.; again a member of the state house of representatives in 1853; died in Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Ala., on November 2, 1856; interment in Evergreen Cemetery. View Record in the Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress

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.


Joshua Lanier MARTIN Committee Assignments

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