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Joshua Lanier MARTIN

(1799-1856)

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.

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

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