Martin, Augustus P., 1835-1902
In 1884, Augustus Pearl Martin presided as twenty-seventh mayor of Boston. General Martin was born November 23, 1835, in Piscataqua, Maine, and was brought to Boston early in life. He attended public and private schools, and engaged in the leather trade. He enlisted in the army at the outbreak of the Civil War, and his bravery in leading a battery to the top of "Little Round Top" helped greatly in achieving the Union victory. He was chief marshal at the dedication of the Army and Navy Monument and at the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of Boston. After much urging he became, in 1883, the Citizens and Republican candidate for mayor, and gave the city a "plain, practical, resolute, and honest government." He was made a chairman of the Board of Police under Greenhalge, to rid the city of crime and to enforce the laws. His enemies brought charges against him, but the council did not sustain them. At the time of his death, on March 13, 1902, he was water commissioner.
Taken from "Boston's 45 Mayors from John Phillips to Kevin H. White," City Record, Boston, 1979.
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