Lee Martin (politician)
|15th Minister of Agriculture|
6 December 1935 – 21 January 1941
|Prime Minister||Michael Joseph Savage
|Preceded by||Charles MacMillan|
|Succeeded by||James Gillespie Barclay|
|Member of the New Zealand Parliament
29 September 1927 – 1931
|Preceded by||Richard Bollard|
|Succeeded by||Stewart Reid|
27 November 1935 – 1943
|Preceded by||Stewart Reid|
|Succeeded by||Robert Coulter|
7 February 1870|
Oamaru, New Zealand
|Died||21 December 1950(aged 80)|
|Political party||Labour Party|
William Lee Martin (7 February 1870 – 21 December 1950), known as Lee Martin, was a New Zealand politician of the Labour Party.
Martin was born in Oamaru in 1870. He received his education at Waimate District High School and at Christchurch Normal School. After school, he was an officer for The Salvation Army for six years. Afterwards, he was a painter and joined the Labour movement in Wanganui in 1902, was Secretary of the Wanganui Painters’ Union (1909–1912) and, for 4 years, a member of the Wanganui Technical School Board. He became a dairy farmer at Matangi in the Waikato and had two years as president of the Waikato Farmers’ Union. He was in the Salvation Army and Methodist Church and served for many years on school committees, road boards, factory suppliers' committees and as a member of the Central Waikato Electric Power Board from its formation in 1920.
|Parliament of New Zealand|
He was unsuccessful when he stood for Hamilton in 1925, but in a 1927 by-election won Raglan, which was a big upset for the Reform Party. He held Raglan until 1931. He then lost it to Stewart Reid of Reform, but won the electorate back in the 1935 general election.
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). He was buried at Hamilton East Cemetery.
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|New Zealand Parliament|
|Member of Parliament for Raglan