On This Day In Alabama History: Tom Martin Was Admitted To State Bar

| December 5, 2018 @ 5:00 am

By Alabama NewsCenter Staff

December 5, 1901: Thomas Martin was admitted to the Alabama State Bar on this day in 1901. Perhaps Alabama’s premier businessman of the 20th century, Martin was associated with Alabama Power for 33 years, serving as general counsel, president and chairman of the board. Martin’s entry into the law field came naturally. His father, Logan Martin, studied at Cumberland Law School. In 1889, the family moved to Montgomery after Gov. Thomas Seay appointed Logan Martin attorney general. After studying at the University of Alabama, Martin’s career began at his father’s law firm, and in 1903 he was appointed as an assistant attorney general by Attorney General Massey Wilson. Wilson served as Martin’s mentor and introduced him to the legal issues of dam construction. They worked on several cases that paved the way for hydro power development in the U.S. In 1911, Martin was retained by engineer James Mitchell, who wanted to build a dam on the Coosa River.

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