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Thomas Staples Martin is Born

Today in Masonic History Thomas Staples Martin is born in 1847.

Thomas Staples Martin was an American politician.

Martin was born on July 29th, 1847 in Scottsville, Virginia. In 1853 the family moved to Fairview where Martin attended school. When Martin was sixteen his father decided he should pursue a military career. His father corresponded with the head of the Virginia Military Institute and Martin was accepted. Only after a few months the cadets were called up by the Confederate Army to defend the Shenandoah Valley. Although Martin missed the engagement he did see combat in other battles. By April of 1865, the school was officially disbanded and Martin returned home.

Shortly after returning home, Martin enrolled in the University of Virgina. In 1867, once again his education was cut short with the passing of his father. Martin returned to home to run the family farm and businesses. He kept up with his legal studies after returning home, studying at night. In 1869 he was admitted to the bar and began practicing law. He built a successful practice through the 1870s and 1880s.

In 1895, Martin was elected to the United States Senate. He served until his passing in 1919. During his time in the Senate he had a distinguished career. When he passed away on November 12th, 1919 the Senate initially voted to send a delegation to represent the Senate at his funereal. On the day of the funeral the Senate was adjourned so as many members as possible could attend the funeral.

Martin was a member of Scottsville Lodge No. 4 in Virginia.

This article provided by Brother Eric C. Steele.