Orlando L. Martin

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Orlando L. Martin (April 28, 1872 – May 2, 1951) was a Vermont farmer, teacher and politician who served as Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives.


Orlando Lewis Martin was born in Plainfield, Vermont on April 28, 1872.[1] He graduated from Goddard Seminary and became a teacher and principal in Plainfield.[2] He was superintendent of schools for several years as well as town meeting moderator, auditor and lister.[3]

A Republican, Martin was a longtime member of the Vermont State Fair Commission. From 1908 to 1909 he served in the Vermont House of Representatives.[4][5]

After his House term Martin served as Vermont's Commissioner of Agriculture.[6]

From 1915 to 1917 Martin served in the Vermont Senate.[7][8]

In 1923 Martin returned to the Vermont House and was elected Speaker, serving until 1925.[9] On April 9, 1923, Martin was with the Vermont Secretary of State, Harry A. Black when Black was killed at the train station in Wells River.[10] Black had been ill in the month before his train trip to Montpelier, and according to Martin and other witnesses, Black appeared to faint as he was walking across several tracks to change trains.[11] He fell on one track, and was struck by a moving train. Martin was among those who observed the accident and were unable to render aid to Black before he was killed; Martin was not injured himself.[11]

In 1938 Martin was elected Washington County Assistant Judge, and he served from 1939 until his death.[12]

Martin also served as Master of the National Grange and President of the National Grange Fire Insurance Company of Keene, New Hampshire.[13][14]

In 1895, he married Alice Glee Kent of Calais, Vermont. They had one daughter, Fanny.[3]

Martin was a Universalist.[3]

Judge Martin died in Montpelier, Vermont on May 2, 1951.[15] He was buried at Plainmont Cemetery in North Montpelier.[16]


  1. ^ History of the Grange in Vermont, by Guy Bertram Horton, 1926, page 75
  2. ^ Encyclopedia of Vermont Biography, edited by Prentiss Cutler Dodge, 1912, page 262
  3. ^ a b c Prentiss Cutler Dodge (1912) Vermont Biography, Ullery Publishing Company, Burlington, Vermont
  4. ^ Magazine article, "Let Us Get Acquainted", "The Vermonter" magazine, April 1909
  5. ^ Vermont Legislative Directory, published by Vermont Secretary of State, 1908, page 141
  6. ^ Journal of the Senate of the State of Vermont, published by Vermont General Assembly, 1910, page 134
  7. ^ Journal of the Senate of the State of Vermont, published by Vermont General Assembly, 1915, page 3
  8. ^ American Legislative Leaders in the Northeast, 1911–1994, by James Roger Sharp and Nancy Weatherly Sharp, 2000, page 163
  9. ^ Vermont Year Book, Formerly Walton's Register, by E. P. & G. S. Walton (Montpelier), 1925, page 371
  10. ^ "Secretary of State H. A. Black Killed at Wells River". Burlington Free Press. Burlington, VT. April 10, 1923. pp. 1–2.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  11. ^ a b "Secretary of State H. A. Black Killed".
  12. ^ Speakers of the Vermont House of Representatives since 1870, by Vermont Secretary of State, Archives and Records Administration, 2009, page 5
  13. ^ Cyclopedia of Insurance in the United States, 1952, page 957
  14. ^ Best's Insurance Reports, by A.M. Best Company, 1951, page 382
  15. ^ Vermont Death Records, 1909–2008, record for Orlando Lewis Martin, accessed on Ancestry.com, February 15, 2012
  16. ^ Orlando L. Martin at Find a Grave, retrieved January 2, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Franklin S. Billings
Speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives
Succeeded by
Roswell M. Austin