John Mason Martin

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John Mason Martin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1887
Preceded by Goldsmith W. Hewitt
Succeeded by John H. Bankhead
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
In office
1871-1876
Personal details
Born John Mason Martin
(1837-01-20)January 20, 1837
Athens, Alabama
Died June 16, 1898(1898-06-16) (aged 61)
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Political party Democratic


John Mason Martin (January 20, 1837 – June 16, 1898) was a U.S. Representative from Alabama, son of Joshua Lanier Martin.

Born in Athens, Alabama, Martin attended the common schools, the high school in Green Springs, Alabama, and the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa. He was graduated from Centre College, Danville, Kentucky, in 1856. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1858 and commenced practice in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He served as member of the State senate in 1871–1876 and served as president pro tempore in 1873–1876. He was professor of equity jurisprudence in the University of Alabama in 1875–1886.

Martin was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1885 – March 3, 1887). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1886 to the Fiftieth Congress. He resumed the practice of law in Birmingham, Alabama. He died in Bowling Green, Kentucky, June 16, 1898. He was interred in Greenwood Cemetery, Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Goldsmith W. Hewitt
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 6th congressional district

1885–1887
Succeeded by
John H. Bankhead