Talk:Alexander Martin

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In February 2004, McFarland & Co Inc, Publishers (of Jefferson NC) issued Charles D. Rodenbough's 242-page hardcover book "Governor Alexander Martin: Biography of a Revolutionary War Statesman". This new source reveals the following about Martin's political affiliation.

Every time he was elected Governor (six terms), appointed Governor (twice more), or chosen United States Senator (one term) it was always done by the state legislature. Although he attracted Federalist votes in that body, he was always a moderate bridge-building figure of the Anti-Federalist faction.

Instead of listing him as a Federalist (which Noah Webster defined as "a friend of the Constitution"), Alexander Martin could more accurately be described as an "Anti-Federalist proponent of the Constitution" rather than "a Federalist".

Your hyperlink on Federalist is quite subtle and accurate. But unless a viewer clicks on it to correct the misleading impression given on the main page s/he gets an entirely wrong notion of Alexander Martin's affiliation. When portrayed more accurately as an "Anti-Federalist proponent of the Constitution", his opposition to the Jay Treaty and his support of the Alien and Sedition Acts become much more understandable and remarkable.

Alexander Martin lost his federal political career because he supported the Adams Administration when it counted most.

—Submitted by Ern Reynolds — Preceding unsigned comment added by 151.199.118.21 (talk) 14:56, 28 March 2004‎ (UTC)