John M. H. Martin, farmer and Texas legislator, was born on September 22, 1823, in Athens, Tennessee, son of E. L. Martin. The family moved to Shelby County when Texas was still a republic. In 1839 Martin joined the Army of the Republic of Texas at the age of sixteen and later fought in the Mexican War. He took part in the capture of Mexico City in August 1847. He returned to Shelby County where his father was postmaster of Center, and after his father's death, he succeeded him as postmaster from May 11, 1850, to September 8, 1851.
On February 21, 1856, he married Ophelia H. Mallory of New Orleans, Louisiana. The following year the couple moved to Panola County where Martin farmed a considerable tract of land.
Martin was elected to the Eighth Texas Legislature in 1859.
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William DeRyee and R. E. Moore, Texas Album of Eighth Legislature, 1860 (Austin: Miner, Lambert, and Perry, 1860). Wright Patman, "A History of Post Offices and Communities" (http://www.shelbycountytexashistory.org/postoffice.htm), accessed October 10, 2008.
Eighth Legislature (1859-1861)
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
Stephanie P. Niemeyer,
“Martin, John M. H.,”
Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed June 29, 2022,
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Original Publication Date:
November 30, 2008