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CodeNA8059
Dates1882-1950
Person NameMartin; Frederick (1882-1950); journalist and Member of Parliament
SurnameMartin
ForenamesFrederick
Epithetjournalist and Member of Parliament
ActivityThe son of William Martin, who was town councillor and magistrate in Peterhead and manager of the granite polishing works there, Frederick Martin was born in 1882. After gaining early journalistic experience in Peterhead and Banff, Martin became chief sub-editor on the 'Aberdeen Free Press'. Later, he went to London to join the editorial staff of the 'Morning Post', on which he continued to work while he was a Member of Parliament. His first venture into politics was as an Independent Liberal, representing East Aberdeenshire from 1922 to 1924 when he lost the seat to Robert Boothby. In 1929, soon after contesting Central Aberdeenshire unsuccessfully as a Liberal, he joined the Socialist Party and twice subsequently - in 1931 and 1935 - opposed Boothby without success in East Aberdeenshire.Martin had served in the 5th. Gordon Highlanders during the First World War and was blinded during training. From the 1920s he was increasingly involved in local activities. In 1925 and 1926 he was Grand President of the Bolton Unity of Oddfellows. He served on Aberdeen County Council in various capacities: as vice chairman of the Education Authority, convenor of the public health committee from 1932 to 1945, and county vice convenor. Martin was made CBE in 1942. He died in 1950, aged 68. He had two daughters, Dr. Elizabeth Martin, who worked at Stracathro Hospital, and Dr. Mary Hunter, who was engaged in child welfare work in Aberdeen and was married to Gillies Hunter of the Rowett Institute, Aberdeen.
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