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Past and Present of Livingston County
Volume 2. Biographies
by Major A. J. Roof. 1913
Among the prominent and representative members of the Chillicothe bar Lawrence A. Martin holds an important place, for he has been practicing here since 1892 and has made continuous advancement in his profession since that time. He was born in Fayette county, Ohio, on the 14th of January, 1866, and is a son of Lawrence and Bridget (Pendergast) Martin, natives of Ireland, who came to America in 1847, during the famine year in their native country. In 1869 they located in Livingston county, Missouri, and here the father followed farming until his death, which occurred on September 5, 1899. He had long survived his wife, who passed away in 1872. To their union were born: Johanna, the widow of W. J. Eakin, acting as postmaster of Sturges; John J., city tax collector for Chillicothe; Robert S., justice of the peace at Sturges; Lawrence A., of this review; Mathew F., of Kansas City, Missouri; Delia B., the wife of Edward Seidle; and Richard, Paul, Peter, Maurice and Bridget, all of whom have passed away.
Lawrence A. Martin acquired a public-school education and supplemented this by a two years' course in the University of Missouri. Having determined to make the practice of law his life profession, he entered the office of the prosecuting attorney in Chillicothe and began his reading. He was admitted to the bar in 1892 and in the same year opened an office for the practice of his profession in this city, which has since been his home. In the twenty years that have elapsed since that time he has made steady progress and has secured a large and representative clientage. He is using as the foundation of his success careful preparation of his cases, clear analysis and logical reasoning before the courts, and he has won for himself a creditable position at the Livingston county bar.
On the 27th of November, 1894, Mr. Martin was united in marriage to Miss Kate Kennedy, a daughter of William Kennedy, of Kansas, and they had three children, the eldest of whom cited in infancy. Augusta also passed away in childhood and the other child is a daughter, Agnes. Mr. Martin has extensive fraternal relations, being affiliated with the Knights of Pythias, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Knights of the Maccabees. His political support is given to the democratic party and he has been called to public service as county school commissioner, city attorney and prosecuting attorney, showing himself in all public relations a conscientious, reliable and forceful official.