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Luther Martin

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Luther Martin
State Maryland
Religion Episcopalian[1]
Founding Documents United States Constitution

Luther Martin (February 20, 1740, - July 10, 1826) was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, representing the state of Maryland.[2]

Martin was a leading anti-federalist, who did not sign the Constitution as he felt it did not do enough to protect individual states.

Early life

Martin was born at New Brunswick, New Jersey, in 1740. He received a classical education, graduating at Princeton College in 1766, and helping to found the Cliosophic Society.[3]

After, he taught school for several years at Queenstown, Maryland then studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1771. He and commenced practice in Accomack and adjacent counties of Virginia.[4]

Entry into Politics

Martin was a member of the Annapolis Convention and a delegate from Maryland to the Continental Congress from 1784 to 1785. Other members of the Maryland delegation to the Convention were Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, James McHenry, John Francis Mercer and Daniel Carroll.

He was appointed attorney-general of Maryland February 11, 1778.

Legal career

He was a defender of Judge Chase when impeached in 1804, and of Aaron Burr when tried for treason in 1807.


He was appointed chief justice of the Court of Oyer and Terminer in 1814, and was again appointed attorney- general of Maryland In 1818


He died at New York July 10, 1826.

See also


  1. Archives of Maryland, (Biographical Series), Luther Martin (1748-1826)
  2. A Biography of Luther Martin 1748-1826
  3. A Princeton Companion
  4. The Political Register and Congressional Directory: A Statistical Record of the Federal Officials, Legislative, Executive, and Judicial, of the United States of America, 1776-1878