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John Mason MARTIN

(1837-1898)

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.

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

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