The Road to Civil War

Elbert S. Martin

(1829 — September 3, 1876) Elbert Sevier Martin, (brother of John Preston Martin), a Representative from Virginia; born near Jonesville, Lee County, Va., about 1829; attended the public schools and Emory and Henry College, Emory, Va., 1845-1848; engaged in mercantile pursuits in Jonesville, Va.; elected as an Independent Democrat to the Thirty-sixth Congress (March 4, 1859-March 3, 1861); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1860 to the Thirty-seventh Congress; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War as captain of a company of volunteers formed in Jonesville, Va.; moved to Dallas, Tex., in 1870 and became interested in the newspaper publishing business; died in Dallas, Tex., September 3, 1876. [Source: “Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 - Present,” available at]

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