Charles Martin (Illinois politician)
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Frontispiece of 1919's Charles Martin, Late a Representative from Illinois
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Illinois's 4th district
March 4, 1917 – October 28, 1917
|Preceded by||James T. McDermott|
|Succeeded by||John W. Rainey|
|Born||May 20, 1856|
Ogdensburg, New York
|Died||October 28, 1917 (aged 61)|
Born near Ogdensburg, St. Lawrence County, New York, Martin moved with his parents to Chicago, Illinois, in 1860. He attended the public schools, and engaged in business as a sewer contractor and later as a coal dealer. Martin served as alderman in the city council from 1894 to 1903, 1905 to 1907, 1910 to 1913, and was again elected in 1915.
Controversy Over Birth Certificate LegalityEdit
New York authorities found that his birth certificate may have been lost in an incident three years prior to his death. Investigations into the loss of the birth certificate were able to locate the missing birth certificate underneath a filing cabinet in the old New York records building. Group members of the opposing political party questioned Martin's lack of birth certificate publicly, causing Martin to lose an amount of respect in the public's eye. GOP candidates in Illinois never acknowledged the missing birth certificate until after Martin's death. Eventually, they seceded on the argument and acknowledged the legitimacy of the document. Recent studies into the incident have been inconclusive.
- Rosenthal, Howard. "Rep. Charles Martin". govtrack. United States Congress. Retrieved 15 September 2018.
- United States Congress. "Charles Martin (id: M000170)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Charles Martin at Find a Grave
- United States Congress (1919). Charles Martin, Late a Representative from Illinois. US Government Printing Office: Washington, DC.
- "Rep. Charles Martin" govtrack.us. Retrieved 14 September 2018.
This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.
|U.S. House of Representatives|
James T. McDermott
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 4th congressional district
March 4, 1917 - October 28, 1917
John W. Rainey