Lee Martin (politician)

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The Honourable
Lee Martin
William Lee Martin.jpg
15th Minister of Agriculture
In office
6 December 1935 – 21 January 1941
Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage
Pater Fraser
Preceded by Charles MacMillan
Succeeded by James Gillespie Barclay
Personal details
Born 1870
Died 21 December 1950
Nationality New Zealand
Political party Labour Party
Occupation Painter

William Lee Martin, known as Lee Martin (1870 – 21 December 1950) was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.


Parliament of New Zealand
Years Term Electorate Party
1927–1928 22nd Raglan Labour
1928–1931 23rd Raglan Labour
1935–1938 25th Raglan Labour
1938–1943 26th Raglan Labour

Martin was born in Oamaru in 1870. He was a painter and Secretary of the Wanganui Painters’ Union (1909–1912), and was also a dairy farmer at Matangi in the Waikato and involved in the Farmers’ Union. He was in the Salvation Army and Methodist Church.

He was unsuccessful when he stood for Hamilton in 1925, but in a 1927 by-election won Raglan, which he held to 1931.[1] He then lost it to Stewart Reid of Reform,[2] but won the electorate back in the 1935 general election.[1]

He was Minister of Agriculture from 1935 to 1941 in the First Labour Government, first under Savage and then under Fraser.[3]

He was appointed to the Legislative Council on 31 January 1946, and served there until his death on 21 December 1950, only days before the Legislative Council was abolished (on 31 December).[4]


  1. ^ a b Wilson 1985, p. 218.
  2. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 229.
  3. ^ Wilson 1985, pp. 82–83.
  4. ^ Wilson 1985, p. 159.


New Zealand Parliament
Preceded by
Richard Bollard
Member of Parliament for Raglan
Succeeded by
Stewart Reid
Preceded by
Stewart Reid
Succeeded by
Robert Coulter