MARTIN, Joseph John (1833-1900)

MARTIN, JOSEPH JOHN, a Representative from North Carolina; born in Williamston, Martin County, N.C., November 21, 1833; attended Williamston Academy; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1859 and practiced; prosecuting attorney of Martin County, N.C.; elected solicitor for the second judicial district of North Carolina in 1868; reelected in 1874 and served in this capacity until his nomination for Congress in 1878, when he resigned; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1876; presented credentials as a Republican Member-elect to the Forty-sixth Congress and served from March 4, 1879, until January 29, 1881, when he was succeeded by Jesse J. Yeates, who contested the election; resumed the practice of law in Tarboro, Edgecombe County, N.C.; postmaster of Tarboro from 1897 until his death in that city on December 18, 1900; interment in Williamston Cemetery, Williamston, N.C.