Member Biography

William Augustus Martin 

Sessions Office Position District Party
1887-1888       32 Democrat
1889-1890       32 Democrat
1909-1910       33 Democrat
1911-1912       33 Democrat


08/17/1842 - 10/22/1922

William Augustus Martin (D32) Adams and Cumberland Counties 1886-1890 (D33) Adams and Franklin Counties 1908-1912

William Augustus Martin, born, August 17, 1842, Franklin Township, Adams County, Pennsylvania; son of William B. and Elizabeth Logan Martin; farmer; engaged, ambrotype business (2 years); engaged, lumber, charcoal and framing industries; married, Mary Beamer, 1870, surviving children, Harry Boyd, Minnie Alverta, Dora Alice, Elsie Natalie, Paul A. and Mary Matilda; married  Ida Smith Baugher, 1912; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1877 term; not a candidate for reelection, 1878 term; engaged, Railroad, 1882-1883; enumerator, United States Census, Adams County, 1880; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate,1886-1890; elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania State Senate,1908-1912); unsuccessful campaign, reelection, State Senate, 1912; vice president, Citizens Trust Company; died, October 22, 1922, (aged 80) Gettysburg, Adams County; Pennsylvania; interred, Greenmount Cemetery, Arendtsville, Adams County, Pennsylvania.

Early Career:

Secured the right of way for the entire line of the Harrisburg and Gettysburg Railroad, 1882-1883. 

Professional titles; business ownership; board memberships; local government; club memberships:

Member, Lutheran Church, Arendstville.

Pennsylvania Politics:

Appointed, enumerator, United States census, Menallen Township, 1880.

Elected, Democrat, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, 1877 term; not a candidate for reelection, 1878 term.

Elected, Democrat, 32nd district, Pennsylvania State Senate, Adams and Cumberland Counties, 1886-1890; committee assignments, Agriculture, Appropriations, Education, Public Health and Sanitation, New Counties and County Seats and Public Buildings Committees. 

Elected, Democrat, 33rd district, Pennsylvania State Senate, Adams and Franklin Counties 1908-1912; committee assignments, Agriculture, Appropriations, Congressional Reapportionment, Forestry, Insurance, Public Grounds and Buildings and Public Printing; unsuccessful campaign, reelection, State Senate 1912. 

Pennsylvania House of Representatives Biography:

Official Website - PA House Archives Official Website (


Cox, Harold. "Senate Members M"Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.

Smull’s Legislative Handbook, (1890). Cochran, T.B., (Editor) Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 698, 702-704, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 667.

Miller, H.P., (Compiler). Baker, W.H., (Assistant Compiler). (1912). The Pennsylvania Manual, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, pages 1003, 1010-1013, Biographical Sketches of Senators, page 982.

William Augustus Martin (1842-1922) - Find a Grave Memorial