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 6th (4) (5) (6)   7th (1) (2) (3)     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, Texas), 9/8/1857, p. 2, crediting Dolph Briscoe Center for American History. Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).
(2) 7th Legislature - Roll of Senators (holdover Senator), 11/2/1857, pp. 1, 4. 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 - Roll of Senators elected since the last adjournment presented their credentials, and being qualified, took their seats, 11/5/1855, p. 2. 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 - Roll of Senators elected since the last adjournment presented their credentials, and being qualified, took their seats, 11/7/1853, p. 2. Senate Journal.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • 5th Legislature - Roll of Members, William H. Martin, age 30, native state Georgia, emigrated from Alabama in 1850, lawyer, postoffice Athens, Henderson County. House Journal.

Biographical Sketches

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

  • William H. Martin, death date 2/5/1898, "aged 74 yrs, 5 m's," burial in Hillsboro City Cemetery, Hill County. Find a Grave.

Committee Information top

7th R.S. - 1857
Claims and Accounts  
Internal Improvements  
Judiciary  
Private Land Claims (Chair) 
6th R.S. - 1855
Judiciary  
Privileges and Elections  
Public Buildings  
State Affairs  
5th R.S. - 1853
Enrolled Bills  
Judicial Districts  
Judiciary  
Penitentiary  
Privileges and Elections  

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