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Guide to the Thomas W. Martin Papers, RG 34


Listed by: Dieter C. Ullrich
Date: June 2003

Date Span:
1921-1962

Size:
0.6 cubic feet

Number of Boxes:
2 Letter Doc Boxes

Historical or Biographical Sketch:
Thomas Wesley Martin was born in Scottsboro, Alabama on August 13, 1881 to William Logan Martin and Margaret Ledbetter Martin. He attended prepatory school at Starke's University School in Montgomery until 1898. From 1899 to 1901, Martin attended the University of Alabama School of Law where he received a degree in law in 1901. He began practicing law in Montgomery later that same year. He became the Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alabama in 1903 and held that position until 1911. From 1911 to 1964 he was the general counsel to the Alabama Power Company. He was also president of the power company from 1920 to 1949 and chairman of the board from 1949 to 1964. He was a member of numerous civic, fraternal and professional organizations, including trustee of the Thomas Elva Edison Foundation, Director of the State Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Memorial Gorgas Medical Society. He was also a recipient of many awards and honors, including the Order of White Rose (Finland) and a Decorated Officer d'Academic (France). He died in Birmingham, Alabama on December 8, 1964.

Scope and Content:
Consists of published and unpublished works of Thomas W. Martin, principally pamphlets, reports, historical sketches and speeches. Includes printed materials relating to his career, Alabama river dam and power plant dedications, honorary dinner programs, and miscellaneous materials and ephemera.


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