Barclay Martin

Barclay Martin ( born December 17, 1802 Edgefield County, South Carolina, † November 8, 1890 in Columbia, Tennessee ) was an American politician. From 1845 to 1847 he represented the state of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Barclay Martin was an uncle of Lewis Tillman (1816-1886), who was also 1869-1871 for Tennessee in Congress. Already in 1804 he came with his parents in the Bourbon County in Kentucky. Two years later the family moved to the Bedford County on in Tennessee. Martin enjoyed a university education and then moved to Columbia. After studying law and qualifying as a lawyer, he began to work in his new profession. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career.

In the years 1839 and 1840, Martin was a deputy in the House of Representatives from Tennessee; 1841 to 1843 he was a member of the State Senate. In the congressional elections of 1844 he was in the sixth electoral district of Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Aaron V. Brown on March 4, 1845. By March 3, 1847 a legislature could pass in Congress. This was marked by the events of the Mexican-American War.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives Barclay Martin again worked as a lawyer. From 1847-1849 and again 1851-1853 he was again at the House of Representatives from Tennessee. Since 1852 he was also a board member of the Columbia Athenaeum. After 1853 he has exercised no further political office. Barclay Martin died on November 8, 1890 in Columbia.