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William H. Martin    

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) Martin.

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. Brugh’s 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 city.

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. Paul’s 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.

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