Martin, John M. - M. D.

Submitted by mercercounty on Wed, 08/18/2010 - 04:37

JOHN M. MARTIN, M. D. — One of the best known citizens of Mercer county, Pennsylvania, and member of the state legislature, Dr. John M. Martin, physician and surgeon, was born in Pennsylvania, on a farm in Lawrence county, August 2, 1849. He is the son of James and Sarah (Mills) Martin, the father being a native of Washington township, Lawrence county, and the mother born in Pine township, Mercer county, Pennsylvania, both being of Irish lineage. The father was a successful and highly respected agriculturist, who spent his life in Lawrence county and died at the age of fifty-eight years. His wife died when fifty-two years old. By this union nine children were born, Dr. John M. being the second in order of birth. He was reared to farm labor and attended the early country schools, finishing his literary education at New Wilmington, Pennsylvania. He then turned his attention to the study of medicine, first under Dr. John Hamilton, of Allegheny, as preceptor, and subsequently under Dr. W. R. Hamilton, of Pittsburg, a brother of the former. Dr. Martin then entered Bellevue Hospital (New York City) Medical College. from which institution he graduated in 1874, immediately after which he located in Grove City and entered upon the active practice of his chosen profession, which has extended over a period of thirty-four successful years. Dr. Martin is a member of the Mercer County Medical Society; also the State Medical Society of Pennsylvania, as well as the American Medical Association.

Politically, he has always supported the men and measures of the Republican party. In 1895 he was chosen as his party’s candidate for member of the lower house of representatives and was successful in the election. So thoroughly competent and reliable was he to every demand of his honorable constituents that he was five times re-elected. Of sincere and honest purpose, the Doctor is noted for taking positions in public affairs and with courage holding the same. When the Spanish-American war broke out he tendered his services professionally to the government and was appointed assistant surgeon of the Fifteenth Pennsylvania Regiment. For over thirty years he has been surgeon for the Bessemer Railroad Company.

Aside from his professional business interests, the Doctor is vice-president of the First National Bank of Grove City, and also interested in the coal mining industries, and other enterprises looking toward the development of Mercer county and especially his home town. Dr. Martin was united in marriage in 1876 to Miss Ada Black, daughter of Robert G. Black, of Grove City, Pennsylvania.

Twentieth Century History of Mercer County, 1909, Vol. I, pages 516-517


Dr. John M. Martin died in 1923 and is buried in Woodland Cemetery in Grove City.

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