Benjamin F. Martin

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Benjamin Franklin Martin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1881
Preceded byCharles J. Faulkner
Succeeded byJohn B. Hoge
Personal details
Born(1828-10-02)October 2, 1828
Farmington, Virginia (now West Virginia), U.S.
DiedJanuary 20, 1895(1895-01-20) (aged 66)
Grafton, West Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
ProfessionPolitician, Lawyer, Teacher

Benjamin Franklin Martin (October 2, 1828 – January 20, 1895) was a nineteenth-century politician, lawyer and teacher from Virginia and West Virginia.

Born near Farmington, Virginia (now West Virginia), Martin graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania in 1854 and taught school in Fairmont, Virginia (now West Virginia). He studied law and was admitted to the bar, commencing practice in March, 1856. He moved to Pruntytown, Virginia (now West Virginia) in 1856 and was a member of the West Virginia Constitutional Convention in 1872 and a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1872 and 1888. Martin was elected a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1876, serving from 1877 to 1881, unsuccessful for renomination in 1880. He resumed practicing law in Grafton, West Virginia until his death there on January 20, 1895. He was interred in Woodlawn Cemetery in Fairmont, West Virginia.

External links[edit]

  • United States Congress. "Benjamin F. Martin (id: M000169)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Benjamin F. Martin at Find a Grave
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles J. Faulkner
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from West Virginia's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1877 – March 3, 1881
Succeeded by
John B. Hoge