Alexander Martin

Alexander Martin

Infobox Governor
name =Alexander Martin

order =4th & 7th
office =Governor of North Carolina
term_start =1782
term_end =1784
1789 – 1792
lieutenant =
predecessor =Thomas Burke
Samuel Johnston
successor =Richard Caswell
Richard Dobbs Spaight
order2 =United States Senator from North Carolina
term_start2 =March 4, 1793
term_end2 =March 3, 1799
predecessor2 = Samuel Johnston
successor2 = Jesse Franklin
birth_date = 1740
birth_place =Hunterdon County, New Jersey
death_date =November 10, 1807
death_place =Rockingham County, North Carolina
nationality =
party =Anti-Administration Party
spouse =
relations =
children =
residence =
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Alexander Martin (1740ndash 10 November 1807) was the Federalist governor of the U.S. state of North Carolina from 1782 to 1784 and from 1789 to 1792.

Martin was born in Hunterdon County, New Jersey, the son of a Presbyterian minister. His parents were of Scots-Irish descent. He attended the College of New Jersey (later known as Princeton University), graduating with an B.A. degree in 1756 and an M.A. in 1759. He moved to North Carolina around 1761 and became a practicing attorney in Guilford County.

In 1774, Martin was elected to the Assembly in North Carolina. He was commissioned a lieutenant colonel in the Continental Army in 1775, and in 1776 was promoted to colonel in command of the 2nd North Carolina Regiment. He helped defend against the first British attempt to take Charleston, and then fought at the battles of Brandywine and Germantown. He was accused of cowardice and court-martialed for his conduct at Germantown. Although acquitted, he was compelled to resign his commission. He returned to North Carolina, where he served in the North Carolina Senate during periods from 1778 to 1782, in 1785, and from 1787 to 1788.

In 1782, the General Assembly elected him North Carolina Governor; he served until 1785. Martin was elected to be a delegate to the Confederation Congress in 1786 but resigned without attending a session. He was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention of 1787, but he left before the document was signed. He was elected Governor by the legislature once again in 1789, 1790, and 1791.

Martin was elected to the United States Senate and served there for a single term from 1793 to 1799. As an Anti-Federalist member of Congress, he opposed the Jay Treaty but supported the Alien and Sedition Acts. Also an advocate for education, Martin served on the Board of Trustees of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1790 until his death in 1807.

The General Assembly refused to appoint him to a second term in the U.S. Senate; Martin then retired to his North Carolina farm. He did return to politics during the last years of his life, serving from 1805 to 1807 as Speaker of the North Carolina Senate.


*Purcell, L. Edward. "Who Was Who in the American Revolution". New York: Facts on File, 1993. ISBN 0-8160-2107-4.
*Sobel, Robert and John Raimo, eds. "Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978". Westport, CT: Meckler Books, 1978. ISBN 0-930466-00-4.
*Williams, Max R. "Martin, Alexander"; "American National Biography Online", Feb. 2000.

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