MARTIN, Whitmell Pugh, (1867 - 1929)


MARTIN, Whitmell Pugh, a Representative from Louisiana; born near Napoleonville, Assumption Parish, La., August 12, 1867; attended the public schools and was privately tutored; was graduated from the Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La., in 1888; professor of chemistry at the Kentucky Military Institute in 1889 and 1890; chemist for the Sugar Land Refinery, Texas, in 1890 and 1891; studied law at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va., in 1891 and 1892; was admitted to the bar in 1892 and commenced practice in Napoleonville, La.; moved to Thibodaux, La., the same year and continued the practice of law; superintendent of schools for the parish of Lafourche, La., 1894-1900; district attorney of the twentieth district 1900-1906 and judge of the same district 1906-1914; elected as a Progressive to the Sixty-fourth and Sixty-fifth Congresses, and as a Democrat to the Sixty-sixth and to the five succeeding Congresses, and served from March 4, 1915, until his death in Washington, D.C., April 6, 1929; interment in St. John’s Episcopal Cemetery, Thibodaux, La.