Papers, 1645-1931.


Papers, 1645-1931.

Papers of a Wisconsin pioneer and land speculator who served in the Wisconsin Territorial Council, as Washington representative for Wisconsin Territory, president of the state constitutional convention, member of the state legislature, United States Army paymaster, Indian agent, and Brown County judge, including correspondence, diaries, accounts, land patents and other legal and business records, reminiscent articles by Martin, and reminiscences and a brief diary by Mrs. Martin. Business and personal correspondence, which forms the bulk of the collection, largely concerns legal problems, land grants and purchases, Indian affairs, the fur trade, governmental activities, and personal news. Legislative papers contain correspondence, 1845-1847, when he served as territorial representative in Washington. Letters during the Civil War describe his service as a United States army paymaster and after the Civil War deal with his problems as Indian agent. Material on the Fox River Improvement Company is also included. Personal papers include correspondence with relatives and friends and scattered account books, 1836-1848. Also present are diaries of Mrs. Martin (nee Elizabeth Smith) kept before and after her marriage. The correspondence of daughters Deborah and Sarah Martin includes many letters pertaining to the State Historical Society of Wisconsin and notes, biographical sketches, and genealogical data relating to Brown County, Wisconsin.

6.4 c.f. (16 archives boxes, 1 flat box); 20 reels of microfilm (35 mm.)

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