Augustus N. Martin

Augustus N. Martin

Augustus Newton Martin (March 23, 1847 – July 11, 1901) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.


Born near Whitestown, Pennsylvania, Martin attended the common schools and Witherspoon Institute, Butler, Pennsylvania, and graduated from Eastman College, Poughkeepsie, New York, in February 1867. On July 3, 1863, he enlisted in Company I, Fifty-eighth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Militia. He enlisted again, on February 22, 1865, in Company E, Seventy-eighth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served until discharged for disability August 30, 1865.

After his service in the Civil War, Martin taught school. He studied law in Bluffton, Indiana, in 1869. He was admitted to the bar in 1870 and practiced. He served as member of the Indiana House of Representatives in 1875.

Martin was elected reporter of the Supreme Court of Indiana in 1876 and served four years. He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1880. He resided in Austin, Texas from 1881 to 1883, and returned to Bluffton, Indiana, in 1883.

Martin was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-first, Fifty-second, and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1889-March 3, 1895).

He served as chairman of the Committee on Invalid Pensions (Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Fifty-fourth Congress. He engaged in the practice of law in Bluffton, Indiana, until his death at the Soldiers' Home Hospital, Marion, Indiana, July 11, 1901. He was interred in Fairview Cemetery, Bluffton, Indiana.


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