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William Harrison Martin

Full Name: William Harrison "Howdy" Martin
Birth date: September 2, 1823
Death date: February 5, 1898

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 7th (1) (4) (7) & 6th (2) (5) (6) Legislatures
    11/5/1855 - 11/7/1859
     
  • Senate, 5th (3) Legislature
    11/7/1853 - 11/5/1855
     
(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) 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 .
(3) 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 .
(4) 7th Legislature - Roll of Senators (holdover Senator), 11/2/1857, pp. 1, 4. Senate Journal .
(5) 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.
(6) 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.
(7) 7th Legislature - Listed in "large cadre of returning senators," p. 276. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861 1990.

Biographical Notes and Resources

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 .

Other Resources

  • 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 .
  • 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 .
  • 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 .
  • Confederate States Army, Major, Company K, 4th Texas Infantry, Hood's Texas Brigade. 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.
  • 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.
  • Biographical sketch, p. 245. The Texas Senate: Volume I, Republic to Civil War, 1836-1861 1990.
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