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Martin was a leading anti-federalist, who did not sign the Constitution as he felt it did not do enough to protect individual states.
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.
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.
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.
- Archives of Maryland, (Biographical Series), Luther Martin (1748-1826)
- A Biography of Luther Martin 1748-1826
- A Princeton Companion
- 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