William H. Martin stands as a splendid
representative of the legal profession in Butler County and is among the
most prominent citizens of Butler. He was born in Penn Township, Butler
County, December 7, 1858, and is the son of John and Rosanna (Pryor)
John Martin, deceased, was a native of Butler County,
born in Clearfield Township. He was a building contractor and was one of
the first prominent builders of this section. He also served as county
treasurer for one term. Mr. Martin died in 1879 and his wife died in 1887.
Mr. and Mrs. Martin had the following children: James C., Elizabeth A.,
Emma J., and Mary R., all deceased; William H., the subject of this
sketch; Ella; John J. and Oliver M., both deceased.
William H. Martin received his education in the schools of Butler County.
He also attended Witherspoon Institute and Rev. W. I. Brughs School,
being graduated from the latter institution in 1878. He began his business
career in the oil fields of this district and later entered the law office
of Frank M. Eastman, Butler. Mr. Martin was admitted to the bar September
20, 1882, and immediately engaged in practice in Butler, where he remained
until 1892, when he engaged in the practice of law at Fairmont, West
Virginia. In 1897 he returned to Butler and has since practiced in this
Mr. Martin was married in 1880 to Miss Lydia C. Reed,
the daughter of George W. and Harriet (Holliday) Reed, of Prospect,
Pennsylvania. To them were born nine children, as follows: Arthur L.,
engaged in the real estate business at Los Angeles, California, married
Anna Brown, and they have two daughters, Edna and Helen; Frank E., died in
1890; Blanche E., married George C. Bowner, lives at Albion, Michigan, and
they have two children, Jean and Frank; Hattie, deceased; Winfield M.,
lives at Butler, married Josephine Titley, and they have two children,
Phyllis and Allen; Grace, married Kenneth J. Lutz, lives at Butler;
Georgia, deceased; Gladys, deceased; and Ruth E., married Melville C.
Morgan, lives at Butler.
Mr. Martin is a Democrat. He is chairman of the
Democratic County Committee and a member of the Democratic State
Committee. He holds membership in St. Pauls Reform Church, is a member of
the Tribe of Ben Hur and Protected Home Circle, and belongs to the Woodmen
of the World, of which he served as council commander for many years.
History of Butler County, Pennsylvania, Historical Pub. Co., 1927,
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