John Alexander Martin (1885-1889)

Martin John Alexander


Born: 10 July 1839, Brownsville, Pennsylvania
Died:  2 October 1889, Atchison, Kansas

  1. Biennial Message, 1885
  2. Biennial Message, 1887
  3. Biennial Message, 1889

John Alexander Martin, tenth governor of the State of Kansas, was born 10 July 1839 at Brownsville, Pennsylvania. At age nineteen in 1857, he moved to the Kansas Territory and settled in Atchison. In October 1861, at the outbreak of the Civil War, he was mustered into the Union Army and commissioned a lieutenant colonel in the 8th Kansas Infantry, and was mustered out of service in October of 1864. He also became an incorporator and president of the Kansas State Historical Society and incorporator of The Kansas Magazine. 

In 1884, Martin won the fall election beating the incumbent governor, George Washington Click. In 1887, he was re-nominated for a second term by a large margin, and he beat the Democratic candidate, Thomas Moonlight. John Martin passed away at the age of 50 on 2 October 1889.

Governor biographies courtesy of the Kansas Historical Society.