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John Andrew Martin

John A. Martin, Colorado Congressman

John Andrew Martin (April 10, 1868 – December 23, 1939) was an American journalist, attorney, soldier, and politician, who represented Colorado in the U.S. House of Representatives.

He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, a son of Hugh and Ann (Bohan) Martin, native of Ballinakill, parish of Duniry, County Galway, Ireland. Andrew's father was a soldier of the Civil war, enlisting for active duty with the Union army, and was assigned to service on a gunboat on the Mississippi River. His brother Hugh Martin Jr. was the first sheriff of Woods County, Oklahoma after statehood.

John A. Martin was the eldest in a family of five sons and one daughter. He acquired a public school education in Mexico and in Fulton, Missouri.

He came to Colorado in 1887, worked on the construction of the Colorado Midland Railroad, and became publisher of the La Junta Times. He studied law in the offices of Fred A. Sabin and Dan B. Carey, and was admitted to the bar in 1896.

On September 6, 1892, he married Rose M. Chitwood.

He became active in Colorado Democratic politics. He was elected to the Colorado general assembly in 1900, and served in the U.S. Congress in 1909-13 and 1933-39.

When World War I broke out, he raised the First Battalion, Second Colorado Infantry, and was commissioned a major. After ten months in command, he was discharged due to his age, and returned to Pueblo.

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  • United States Congress. "John Andrew Martin (id: M000186)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Warren A. Haggott
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 2nd congressional district

1909 – 1913
Succeeded by
Harry H. Seldomridge
Preceded by
Guy U. Hardy
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Colorado's 3rd congressional district

1933 – 1939
Succeeded by
William E. Burney