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John C. Martin (politician)

John Cunningham Martin (April 29, 1880 in Salem, Illinois – January 27, 1952 in Long Beach, California) was a member of the US House of Representatives from Illinois.[1]

John C. Martin
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's at-large district
In office
January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1941
Preceded byEdwin V. Champion
Succeeded byStephen A. Day
47th and 49th Treasurer of Illinois
In office
January 11, 1937 – January 3, 1939
GovernorHenry Horner
Preceded byJohn Henry Stelle
Succeeded byLouie E. Lewis
In office
January 9, 1933 – January 14, 1935
Preceded byEdward J. Barrett
Succeeded byJohn Henry Stelle
Personal details
Born(1880-04-29)April 29, 1880
Salem, Illinois
DiedJanuary 27, 1952(1952-01-27) (aged 71)
Long Beach, California
Political partyDemocratic

Martin attended the public schools and Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois. He started his career in banking in 1907 and went on to serve as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of St Louis from 1922 to 1932. Martin also served as president of the Salem National Bank from 1933 to 1952 and then served as State Treasurer of Illinois from 1933 to 1935 and later from 1937 to 1939. He was also a member of the Illinois Tax Commission and served as the Commission's chairman from 1935 to 1936.

He also served as chairman of the Illinois Emergency Relief Commission 1935 to 1938. He won election as a Democrat to the 76th United States Congress (January 3, 1939 – January 3, 1941), but was not a candidate for renomination in 1940, choosing instead to resume his banking interests.

Martin was buried at East Lawn Cemetery, Salem, Illinois.


  1. ^ United States, Andrew R. Dodge, and Betty K. Koed. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774-2005: The Continental Congress, September 5, 1774, to October 21, 1788, and the Congress of the United States, from the First Through the One Hundred Eighth Congresses, March 4, 1789, to January 3, 2005, Inclusive. Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.O., 2005, page 362.

External linksEdit

  • United States Congress. "John C. Martin (id: M000187)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
Political offices
Preceded by
Edward J. Barrett
Treasurer of Illinois
Succeeded by
John Henry Stelle
Preceded by
John Henry Stelle
Treasurer of Illinois
Succeeded by
Louie E. Lewis
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Edwin V. Champion
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's at-large congressional district

Succeeded by
Stephen A. Day