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Ala. Attorney General William L. Martin


William L. Martin

Attorney General: 1889-1894


William Logan Martin, lawyer, was born November 3, 1850, at Union Chapel, Madison County, and died May 7, 1907; son of Thomas Wesley and Elizabeth Jane (Horton) Martin, the former, a school teacher and a merchant; grandson of Jesse Martin, a soldier of the War of 1812, and of John B. Horton, both of Madison County; great-grandson of Frank Martin, a Revolutionary soldier, who moved from Virginia to Madison County in 1808. The Martins and Hortons are both of English descent, the ancestors of the former settling in Virginia, and of the latter in South Carolina. Mr. Martin was educated in the common schools of Madison County; was graduated from the law school of the Cumberland University, Tennessee, in 1873; began the practice of law in Scottsboro in 1873; practicing alone until 1889, then forming a partnership with Virgil Bouldin, with whom he practiced until 1902, under the name of Martin and Bouldin. He was register in chancery for Jackson County, 1878-1885; Attorney General of Alabama, 1889-1894; and code commissioner, 1896.


He represented Montgomery County in the State legislature, in 1907, and was elected Speaker of that body, serving as such until his death, shortly before the close of the session. He was a Democrat, a Knight of Honor, and a Knight of Pythias. Married: to Margaret, daughter of Joel P. and Jane Ledbetter, of Jackson County. Children: 1. Fannilee, m. Harry C. Abell; 2. Thomas Wesley; 3. William L., Jr.; 4. Kathleen; 5. Susie; 6. Helen. Last residence: Montgomery.


Thomas McAdory Owen. History of Alabama and Dictionary of Alabama Biography. (1921), 1171.


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