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Term: Martin, Morgan Lewis 1805 - 1887


Iawyer, judge, politician, land speculator, b. Martinsburg, N.Y. He graduated from Hamilton College, Clinton, N.Y. (1824), studied law in Lowville, N.Y., and in 1826 moved to Detroit where he was admitted to the bar (1827) and set up a law practice. In the same year, acting on the advice of his cousin, James Duane Doty (q.v.), he moved to Green Bay (then a part of Michigan Territory), and from 1831 to 1835 served as a member of the Michigan territorial legislature. In 1836 Wisconsin achieved territorial status, and in 1838 Martin and Moses M. Strong (q.v.) called a convention at Green Bay to organize the Democratic party in Wisconsin. Martin served in the upper house of the Wisconsin territorial legislature (1838-1844), and was president of this body (1842-1843). He was territorial delegate in Congress (1845-1847), and served as president of the second Wisconsin state constitutional convention (1847-1848). He was state assemblyman (1855, 1874), state senator (1858-1859), and during the Civil War served as paymaster in the Union army with the rank of major (1861-1865). One of the leading figures in early Wisconsin history, Martin toured Wisconsin's lead region as early as 1828, and in 1829 accompanied Doty to Prairie du Chien as district attorney pro tempore. For almost fifty years he was the chief promoter of the various Fox-Wisconsin River improvement projects, and spent most of his later life litigating for payments that he claimed were due him in connection with the project. Martin was also active in the development of early Milwaukee, and in July, 1833, first visited the mouth of the Milwaukee River and sketched a "Map of Milwaukie," dated Aug., 1833. In Oct., 1833, he and Solomon Juneau (q.v.) entered an oral agreement regarding joint promotional activities in the area. Martin purchased a half interest in Juneau's pre-emptive claim on the east side of the Milwaukee River, and in 1834 bought a pre-emption right to the south of Juneau's claim. Together, Martin and Juneau platted the village of Milwaukee, graded streets, and erected many of the first buildings. Martin was also prominent in many early territorial banking and railway activities, and in 1866 was an unsuccessful candidate for Congress. He served as U.S. Indian agent (1866-1869), and from 1875 until his death was county judge of Brown County. Biog. Dir. Amer. Cong. (1928); Colls. State Hist. Soc. Wis., 11 (1888); Proc. State Hist. Soc. Wis. 1906 (1907); J. Schafer, Winnebago-Horicon Basin (Madison, 1937); Green Bay Daily State Gazette, Dec. 12, 1887; WPA MS; M. L. Martin Papers.

View Martin's narrative at Wisconsin Historical Collections.

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]

77 records found

Alexander, Walter 1849 - 1926
Ashland County [origin of place name]
Ashland [origin of place name]
Barbee, Lloyd A. 1925 - 2003
Brayton, Aaron Martin 1872 - 1949
Broadfoot, Grover L. 1892
Broughton, Charles Elmer 1873 - 1956
Catholics in Wisconsin
Colby, Gardner 1810 - 1879
Conkey, Theodore 1819 - 1880
Crane, Frederika (1854-1930)
Darms, John Martin George 1873 - 1946
dolphin striker (maritime)
Doty, James Duane 1799 - 1865
Falling Waters, Battle of
Finney, Frederick Norton 1832 - 1916
Fond du Lac County [origin of place name]
Fox and Wisconsin River Improvement Company
Gentile League
Gilbert, Edward Martinius 1875 - 1956
Gordon, Myron L. 1918
Groppi, Father James, 1930-1985
Hanley, Miles Lawrence 1893 - 1954
Hazelwood (Historic Marker Erected 1966)
Henni, John Martin 1805 - 1881
Hines, Edward 1863 - 1931
Hisrich, Joseph C. 1942
Houdini, Harry 1874 - 1926
Jackson, Joseph 1812 - 1881
Juneau County [origin of place name]
Juneau, Solomon 1793 - 1856
Katakittekon region
Kellogg, Rufus Bela 1837 - 1891
Kewaunee County [origin of place name]
Kundig, Martin 1805 - 1879
Lamartine [origin of place name]
Lamartine, Fond du Lac Co.
Lamartine, Town of, Fond du Lac Co.
Loddes Mill [origin of place name]
Lyon, Lucius, 1800-1851
Martin, David O. 1931
Martin, Deborah Beaumont 1858 - 1931
Martin, James Baynard 1814 - 1878
Martin, Jerome A. 1908
Martin, John E. 1891
Martin, Joseph 1878 - 1946
Martin, Morgan Lewis 1805 - 1887
Martinsville, Dane Co.
Martintown, Green Co.
Mcclain, Edward F. 1935
Milwaukee [brief history]
Reed, George 1807 - 1883
Reynolds, Martin L. 1950
Rich, Martin 1835 - 1915
Saint Francis [brief history]
Saint Martins, Milwaukee Co.
Schreiber, Martin J. 1939
Schwefel, William S. 1902
Seven Mile Creek, Town of, Fond du Lac Co.
Smith, William Rudolph 1787 - 1868
Spanish American War, Wisconsin in
St. Martin, Alexis
Strong, Moses Mccure 1810 - 1894
Tallmadge, Nathaniel Pitcher 1795 - 1864
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1700-1749
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1784-1835
Torkelson, Martin W. (1878-1963)(Historic Marker E
Vienna [origin of place name]
Vinette, Bruno 1836 - 1923
Walker, George H. 1811 - 1866
Ward, Jr., Walter L. 1943
Wells, Oliver Elwin 1853 - 1922
Winther, Martin Phillip 1889 - 1982
Young, Leon D. 1967

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