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William Harrison Martin
Full Name: William Harrison "Howdy" Martin
Date of birth: September 2, 1823
Date of death: February 5, 1898

Terms of Service top
Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 22 Nov 5, 1855 - Nov 7, 1859 7th (1) (2) (3)   6th (4) (5) (6)     Athens / Henderson   Freestone, Henderson, Limestone, Navarro
S 22 Nov 7, 1853 - Nov 5, 1855 5th (7)     Athens / Henderson   Freestone, Henderson, Limestone, Navarro
(1) Listed in "Senators holding over: Democrats." Civilian and Gazette Weekly(Galveston, Tex.), 9/8/1857, p. 2, crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(2) 7th Legislature, 11/2/1857, pp. 1, 4. Holdover Senator, listed in "The roll of Senators then being called, the following Senators answered to their names. . ." Senate Journal.
(3) 7th Legislature - listed in "large cadre of returning senators," p. 276. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
(4) 6th Legislature, Regular Session - 11/5/1855, p. 2. Included in "roll of Senators elected since the last adjournment being called by Districts, the following Senators appeared, presented their credentials, and being qualified, took their seats." Senate Journal.
(5) 6th Legislature - "The Know-Nothings claimed to have won 11 of 33 seats in the Senate in 1855. Although only 5 - John Caldwell, William H. Martin, William M. Taylor, James W. Flanagan, and Elisha E. Lott - can be positively identified . . .", p. 258. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
(6) 6th Legislature - Listed in the "19 members of the Senate [who] retained their seats from the 5th Legislature," p. 258. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
(7) 5th Legislature - 11/7/1853, p. 2. Included in "roll of Senators elected being called by districts, the following Senators appeared, presented their credentials, and being qualified, took their seats." Senate Journal.
 
Biographical Notes and Resources top
Resolutions and Journal entries
  • 5th Legislature - Roll of Members, William H. Martin, age 30 in 1853, native state Georgia, emigrated from Alabama, lawyer, postoffice Athens, Henderson County, p. 457. House Journal.
  • Biographical Sketches
  • MARTIN, William Harrison (1823-1898). Representative, TX. Birth date 5/23/1823, death date 2/3/1898. Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress 1774-Present.
  • Biographical sketch and photo, Herringshaw's National Library of American Biography, 1914, p. 54. Birth date 9/2/1822 in Twiggs County, Georgia; elected to Texas state senate 1853 and 1855. Google Books.
  • MARTIN, WILLIAM HARRISON (1823-1898). Birth date 9/2/1823 in Twiggs County, Georgia; death date 2/5/1898 in Hill County, Texas. "He received his early schooling in Alabama and was admitted to the bar." Handbook of Texas Online.
  • Biographical sketch, William M. Martin, pp. 130-131. Birth date 9/25/1823. Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature, 1889.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 245. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861, 1990.
  • Military Service Notes
  • Confederate States Army, Major, Company K, 4th Texas Infantry, Hood's Texas Brigade. Handbook of Texas Online.
  • William Harrison (Howdy) Martin, birth date 5/23/1824 in Eufala, Alabama; death date 2/5/1898 in Hillsboro. Texas Burial Sites of Civil War Notables: A Biographical and Pictorial Field Guide, 2002.
  • Biographical sketch and portrait, p. 102, Plate No. 38. Birth date 5/23/1823 near Eufala, Alabama; death date 2/3/1898 near Hillsboro. Elected to the Texas senate 1853 and re-elected 1855. Texas in the War, 1861-1865, 1965.
  • Other Resources
  • Pedigree Resource File - William Harrison Martin, birth date 9/2/1822 in Twiggs County, Georgia; death date 2/5/1898 in Hillsboro, Hill County, Texas. FamilySearch.
  • William Harrison Martin, birth date 5/23/1823 in Barbour County, Alabama (in memorial); death date 2/5/1898 in Hill County, Texas, "aged 74 yrs, 5 ms."; interment in Hillsboro City Cemetery, Hill County. No birth date on grave marker. Find a Grave.
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