Homer Martin (labor leader)

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Homer Martin testifying to the House Un-American Activities Committee (December 1, 1938)

Homer Martin (September 16, 1901 in Illinois – January 22, 1968) was an American trade unionist and socialist.

After high school he attended Hewing College and received his AB from William Jewell College. Martin then attended the Kansas City Baptist Theological Seminary for two years.

After serving in Baptist churches in Goreville, Illinois and Kansas City, Missouri, Martin went to work in the auto plants of Kansas City. He soon became active in the union movement and was appointed a Vice-President of the UAW-AFL in 1935. In 1936 he was elected President of what came to be the UAW-CIO.[1] He was ousted by R. J. Thomas in 1938.[2]

He died in 1968.


  1. ^ "UAW President's Office: Homer Martin Records".http://www.reuther.wayne.edu/node/3509
  2. ^ "UAW President's Office: R.J. Thomas Papers".http://www.reuther.wayne.edu/node/1163

Further reading[edit]

  • "Homer Martin, 66, of UAW is Dead," New York Times, Jan. 24, 1968, pg. 39.


Preceded by
Francis Dillon
UAW President
Succeeded by
R.J. Thomas