MARTIN, Whitmell P., Assumption, then Lafourche Parish, Louisiana
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Louisiana:  Comprising Sketches of Parishes, Towns, Events, Institutions, and Persons, Arranged
in Cyclopedic Form (volume 3), pp. 288-289.  Edited by Alcťe Fortier, Lit.D.  Published in 1914,
by Century Historical Association.

Martin, Whitmell P., of Thibodaux, Lafourche parish, judge of the 20th judicial district court, was
born in the parish of Assumption, Aug. 12, 1867; the son of Robert Campbell and Margaret
(Littlejohn) Martin.  The judge's father, a native of Assumption parish, was the son of Robert
Campbell Martin, who came from North Carolina to Assumption when a young man and engaged
in sugar planting.  His son enlisted in the Confederate army at the outbreak of the Civil war, in
1861, as lieutenant in the 26th La. volunteers and at the end of the struggle between North and
South, studied law, practiced his
 profession for a few years, then took up sugar planting, in which
he is still engaged.  Margaret Littlejohn, his wife, a native of Texas, died several years ago. 
Whitmell P. Martin studied in public schools and under private tutors until he entered the
Louisiana state university at Baton Rouge, from which he graduated in 1888, with the degree of
B. S.  After taking a special course in sugar chemistry for 3 years, and filling the position of
professor of chemistry (1892-93) in the Kentucky military institute, under Col. D. P. Boyd, and
studying law in the University of Virginia for 1 year, he passed an examination before the courts
of Virginia and Louisiana, and was admitted to the bar.  In Assumption parish, Judge Martin
practiced his profession for a few months, then took up his residence in Thibodaux.  From 1894
to the present time, Judge Martin has been prominently identified with the public affairs of
Lafourche parish and of the town of Thibodaux.  He was superintendent of schools (1894-1900),
district attorney (1900-1904); was reŽlected and still occupying that office; became candidate for
the district judgeship made vacant by the resignation of Judge L. P. Caillouet, who had been
elected judge of the circuit court of appeals.  By the unanimous votes of his fellow-citizens of the
district, Judge Martin secured his election as
 presiding magistrate, and was reŽlected in 1908 and
1912.  When the people of Louisiana went to the polls in Oct., 1913, to vote for members of the
constitutional convention that was to sit at Baton Rouge in November of that year, Judge Martin
was the choice of his constituents for the important trust of directing the framing of the laws of
the state.  That the people of Lafourche are inclined to bestow higher honors upon the
distinguished magistrate, it is made evident by their attitude and their high endorsement of the
judge's candidacy, should he enter as candidate for the U. S. house of representatives.  One of the
leading newspapers of Thibodaux, the "Comet," supporting Judge Martin as a suitable and
popular candidate, said: ''Conservative thought is gradually centering upon the possibility of Judge
Whitmell P. Martin becoming a candidate for the nomination, believing that if he can be induced
to give up the office of judge of the 20th judicial district, which he has held with marked
distinction during the last 6 years, and enter the arena of politics, he would easily win the
nomination.  A careful analysis of the political situation in the 3d district shows that Martin would
be an easy winner, should he choose to enter the race for the Democratic nomination.  He would
be the only candidate with the solid support of a senatori
al district behind him."  In 1896 Judge
Martin married Miss Amy Williamson, of De Soto parish.  They have 4 children:  Amy
Williamson,  Whitmell P., Jr.,  Marshall Leigh and  Robert Campbell.  The judge is a member of
the Episcopal church and vestryman in Thibodaux, and is affiliated with the Masons (32nd
degree), the Shriners, the Elks, the Order of Eagles and the Louisiana state bar association.  

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