Whitmell P. Martin

Whitmell Martin Pugh (* August 12 1867 in Napoleonville, Assumption Parish, Louisiana, † April 6, 1929 in Washington DC ) was an American politician. Between 1915 and 1929 he represented the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Whitmell Martin received both a public and a private school education. Subsequently, he studied until 1888 at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, the chemistry. This subject he taught between 1889 and 1890 at the Kentucky Military Institute. He then worked until 1891 as a chemist for the company Sugarland Refinery in Texas. After a subsequent law studies at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and his 1892 was admitted to the bar he began in Napoleonville to work in his new profession. In the same year he transferred his residence and his law firm after Thibodaux. Between 1894 and 1900 Martin School Board was in Lafourche Parish. Thereafter, he served from 1900 to 1906 as a district attorney in the 20th Judicial District of the State of, in which he then until 1914 worked as a judge.

Politically he joined in that time the initiative, launched by former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt Progressive Party. In the congressional elections of 1914, he was elected as its candidate for the third constituency of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington. There he met on March 4, 1915 the successor of Robert F. Broussard. After several re- elections he could remain until his death on April 6, 1929 at the Congress. Since 1918 he was a member of the Democratic Party, for which he ran from then on. In 1920 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco, has been nominated for the James M. Cox as their presidential candidate. During his time in Congress, the 18th and the 19th Amendment, there have been adopted.