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Joshua L. Martin Commissions

Identifier: MSS-2053

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of two printed commissions signed by Alabama Governor Joshua L. Martin commissioning Matthew W. Steele as Aide-de-Camp to the general and commander in chief of the State Militia.


  • 1845-12-15 - 1845-12-29


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Biographical / Historical

Joshua L. Martin was born in Blount County, Tennessee on December 5, 1799. He studied law in Maryville, Tennessee until 1819 when he moved to Russellville, Franklin County, Alabama. He continued his studies there and was admitted to the bar. He began practicing law in Athens, Limestone County, Alabama. He was a member of the State house of representatives from 1822 to 1828. From 1827 to 1841 Martin served as State Solicitor (1827-1831), judge of the Circuit Court (1834), United States House of Representatives (1835-1839), and Chancellor of middle Alabama (1841). He was elected governor of Alabama in 1845 and served one term (until 1847). After the governorship, he returned to his law practice in Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. He served one more term in the State house of representatives in 1853. Martin died in Tuscaloosa, Tuscaloosa County, Alabama on November 2, 1856.


0.1 Linear Feet (2 documents, 2 pages)

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Two printed commissions signed by Alabama Governor Joshua L. Martin commissioning Matthew W. Steele as Aide-de-Camp to the general and commander in chief of the State Militia.

Processing Information

Processed by Martha Bace, 2008.
Guide to Joshua L. Martin Commissions
Finding aid created by Martha Bace, 2008.
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Repository Details

Part of the The University of Alabama Libraries Special Collections Repository

Box 870266
Tuscaloosa AL 35487-0266