Edward Livingston MARTIN, Congress, DE (1837-1897)


MARTIN, Edward Livingston, a Representative from Delaware; born in Seaford, Sussex County, Del., March 29, 1837; attended private schools, Newark Academy, Bolmar’s Academy, West Chester, Pa., and Delaware College, Newark, Del.; was graduated from the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1859; served as clerk of the State senate 1863-1865; delegate to the Democratic National Conventions in 1864, 1872, 1876, 1880, and 1884; studied law at the University of Virginia in 1866; was admitted to the bar the same year and practiced in Dover, Del., until 1867; returned to Seaford and engaged in agricultural and horticultural pursuits; served as director of the Delaware Board of Agriculture, president of the Peninsula Horticultural Society, and lecturer of the Delaware State Grange; commissioner to settle disputed boundary line between the States of Delaware and New Jersey 1873-1875; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Congresses (March 4, 1879-March 3, 1883); was not a candidate for renomination in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress; resumed horticultural and agricultural pursuits; twice an unsuccessful candidate for election to the United States Senate; died in Seaford, Del., January 22, 1897; interment in St. Luke’s Episcopal Churchyard.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present