Alabama Attorneys General

William Logan Martin

Attorney General: 1915-1919


William Logan Martin, of Montgomery, was the son of William L. and Maggie (Ledbetter) Martin, and was born at Scottsboro, Jackson County, Alabama, Feb. 20, 1883. He was educated at the public schools of Jackson and Montgomery Counties, to which latter county his parents removed in the early nineties upon the elder Martin's becoming Attorney General of the State. He later attended Starke's School in Montgomery, and a preparatory school at Radford, Va., going from the latter to the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Upon his graduation at the Military Academy in 1907, he was commissioned an officer in the Army, but resigned to take up the study of law at the University of Alabama, from which institution he held a degree in that subject.


He served as Assistant Solicitor of the City Court of Montgomery for the years 1909 and 1910. On January 16, 1911, he was appointed Assistant Attorney General of Alabama; November 3, 1914, was elected Attorney General, defeating Wm. L. Chenault, Republican, Duncan D. Trimble, Progressive, and Clement R. Wood, Socialist; Jan 10, 1915, he was appointed Attorney General to fill the unexpired term of Robert C. Brickell, who resigned to accept an appointment as judge of the eighth judicial circuit; and Jan. 18, 1915 he entered upon the four-year term to which he had been elected.


Alabama Department of Archives and History, Official and Statistical Register, 1915, 20-21.