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Benjamin Franklin MARTIN

(1828-1895)

MARTIN, Benjamin Franklin, a Representative from West Virginia; born near Farmington, Marion County, Va. (now West Virginia), October 2, 1828; was graduated from Allegheny College, Meadville, Pa., in June 1854; taught school in Fairmont, Marion County; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in March 1856; moved to Pruntytown in 1856; member of the constitutional convention of West Virginia in 1872; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1872 and 1888; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth and Forty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1881); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1880; resumed the practice of law in Grafton, Taylor County, W.Va., and died there January 20, 1895; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Fairmont, W.Va.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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