Martin Harty

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Martin Harty
Member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives
from the Strafford 3 district
In office
December 1, 2010 – March 14, 2011
Personal details
Born (1919-03-25) March 25, 1919 (age 98)
Barre, Massachusetts
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Arlene Francis Harty
Children Monica
Mary Ann
Residence Barrington, New Hampshire

Martin C. Harty was a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and served from 2010 to early 2011. A Republican, he was one of eight legislators who represent Strafford County District 3, comprising the towns of Barrington, Farmington, Middleton, Milton, New Durham, and Strafford.

In a March 2011, as a freshman state Representative, Harty promoted eugenics in a conversation with the manager of a community health program (saying that this was a way to get rid of "defective people") and said that he favored sending people with mental illnesses on a one-way trip to Siberia. Nevertheless subsequently resigned, however, effective on March 15, 2011. Harty was 91 at the time of his resignation.[1][2]


  1. ^ Catalina Camia, N.H. state legislator resigns after remark about mental illness, USA Today (March 14, 2011).
  2. ^ Paula Duffy, N.H legislator 91 year old Martin Harty resigns, admits job was confusing, New Hampshire Union-Leader (March 15, 2011).