H.L. Martin Papers
Kentucky Historical Society. Special Collections & Archives. Frankfort, Kentucky 40601-1931
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[Identification of item], H.L. Martin Papers, 1848-1938, 89M01,Library Special Collections and Archives, Kentucky Historical Society, Frankfort.
Henry Lewis Martin was born June 5, 1848, near Midway, Kentucky. He was the eldest child of Jesse and Margaret Thornton Martin. Martin and his father forged strong ties with the Confederacy. Both enlisted in the army. Jesse Martin served with General Abraham Buford, while Henry joined Company A of the 5th Kentucky Cavalry at the age of 14. Henry served as a scout and joined in John Hunt Morgan's last raid. Both Martins were captured at Cynthiania June 11, 1864, and were sent together to Rock Island, Illinois.
After the war Henry Martin attended a private school in Midway and turned to farming. His land holdings in Woodford County eventually numbered over 900 acres. He also became a partner in Martin, Thomson, and Co., which was a successful mule and horse dealership for many years. This firm was based in Louisville and New Orleans and traded throughout the U.S. and in Europe and the West Indies. Martin lived for six years in New Orleans in the 1870s and later divided his time between his Midway home and Louisiana. For several years Martin also owned a sugar plantation in Louisiana.
Martin was primary stockholder in and president of the Citizens Bank of Midway for fifty-two years. He was active in banking organizations such as the Kentucky Bankers Association.
Martin's political career related to both Kentucky and Louisiana. As a Democrat, Martin was elected state senator from the 22nd District of Kentucky (Scott, Woodford, and Jessamine counties). He served from 1893 to 1897 and was chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. In 1896 the "gold" Democrats nominated Martin as their candidate for the U.S. Senate in Kentucky.
Martin successfully represented Louisiana sugar planters before Congress in 1895 in obtaining the restoration of a $5 million federal sugar bounty. He considered this his greatest achievement.
After the Democratic Party advocated the free coinage of silver, rather than maintenance of the gold monetary standard, Martin changed his political allegiance to the Republican Party. He apparently continued to support the GOP for the rest of his life.
He also served for many years on the Midway Board of Education and as an elder in the Presbyterian Church. The senator was active in Confederate veterans' organizations, too. In 1871 Martin married Kate Brooks. Their four children were Henry L. Martin, Jr. (d. 1934); Jesse V. Martin (d. 1933); Margaret Martin Davis; and Mary E. Martin. After his first wife's death, Henry Martin, Sr., married Lulie Stephenson.
The papers primarily relate to Martin, although materials pertaining to and written by his immediate family are also present. The collection contains much concerning agriculture, banking, and late nineteenth and early twentieth century politics. Numerous letters and receipts document Martin's mule and horse trading business, with many written by his primary partner, M.F. Thomson. (A third partner was J.P. Hudson.) The firm split up circa 1901. Much of this material relates to New Orleans and the Columbia, Tennessee, area, where the firm raised and held stock.
Martin's close association with many notable political figures is illustrated by many letters from friends such as Senator J.C.S. Blackburn; Congressman W.C.P. Breckinridge; Breckinridge's son, LEXINGTON HERALD editor Desha Breckinridge; U.S. Supreme Court Justice Edward D. White; Kentucky Governors W.O. Bradley and Augustus E. Willson and Basil Duke. A few letters from people such as future Governor William Goebel about politics and reformer Madeline McDowell Breckinridge concerning her charity work and social issues are also in the collection.
Agriculture is documented by letters, receipts, and business papers concerning Martin's lands in Kentucky; farm property he and his wife held in Tennessee; and son Jesse's farms in Kansas and Montana. They include many references to wheat sales and the raising of corn. Many letters refer to the Citizens Bank and general banking issues. Considerable correspondence over the years show Martin's affection for his confreres in arms from the Confederacy and his involvement in the veterans' groups and participation in their reunions. There are also numerous letters reflecting Martin's interest in and donations to charities, social causes, and cultural organizations.
Letters between Martin and family members concern personal news, family events, and farming. There are many receipts, bills, and other documents pertaining to the acquisition of goods and services by the family and relating to their financial affairs.
Also included are notes on many of the letters in the collection, compiled during processing. These notes are arranged chronologically by year only. An explanatory note to abbreviations used is attached to the notes
A few photographs are included, one of which shows a group of Confederate veterans in 1923
Creator's Occupation: Banker, state legislator, businessman, landowner
County: Woodford; Jefferson
Description: WCPB to President G. Cleveland copy TL refuting previous claim Breckinridge said a Hugh Rogers was unfit for government service
Description: WCPB to Judge M.L. Alford, Lexington (copy) TL questioning an apparent claim by Alford of injustice done to Alford by Breckinridge
Description: articles of copartnership for Martin, Thomson, & Co.
Description: WCP Breckinridge ALS to HLM from U.S. House of Representatives reopposition to WCPB in reelection needs names of hemp growers from HLM in Woodford and part of Scott counties
Description: Henry C. Payne TLS to HLM - Payne a special commissioner to Mexico of the World's Columbian Exposition, Latin American Department, Payne writing from Mexico re another mutual friend visiting there
Description: WCP Breckinridge ALS to HLM Sept. 8, 1892, refers to death of Mrs. Breckinridge - sends gift Mrs. B bought for HLM's daughter
Description: Wm. Lindsey, U.S. Senator, 2 ALSs to HLM, on letterhead of "Committee on Indian Depredations, United States Senate" (53rd Congress) basically dealing with tariff issue before Congress
Description: Edward D. White, U.S. Senator from Louisiana, ALS to HLM, on U.S. Senate letterhead concerning upcoming visit of influential Republican Senators (McMillan of Michigan & Manderson of Nebr.) to "Carnival" (Mardi Gras) & necessity that "every civility" be tendered them in White's name as their aid was needed on the "sugar question"
Description: handwritten resolution by some Democratic members of the Kentucky state senate against a resolution introduced in the state house relating to appointments of the members of supreme branch?
Description: son Jesse? letter from school about disorderly behavior
Description: Gilbert L. Hall ALS to HLM from New Orleans hoping WCP Breckinridge can win election "all things considered" relates impression that WCPB's opponent is "no cleaner."
Description: Sam Leavy ALS to HLM expressing support for WCP Breckinridge
Description: Pamphlet, concerning meeting where WCP Breckinridge presented a banner to the Breckinridge Club of Harper's Ferry, at Pleasureville, Henry County, Kentucky, for having produced the largest vote for him of any precinct -contains his speech & that of someone of the club - after defeat due to Pollard case - saluting the voters who stood by him
Description: series of wires concerning passage of federal sugar bounty amendment or bill?
Description: JCS Blackburn ALS to HLM U.S. Senate letterhead, headed Versailles, Ky. political
Description: survey of land for Jesse Martin
Description: Phil B. Thompson wire to HLM from Washington DC (Martin in New Orleans) - political?
Description: R. H. Elliston (?) TLS to HLM political, governor's race both writer & HLM differed from JCS Blackburn on silver but HLM still a supporter of JCSB due to general friendship and admiration, writer saying he could not vote for someone for a doctrine to which writer was so opposed.
Description: JCS Blackburn TLS to HLM Senate letterhead headed Louisville political re sugar bounty issue
Description: W.L. Crabb ALS to HLM political
Description: JCSB wire to HLM from Versailles political
Description: JCS Blackburn wire to HLM from Washington DC
Description: Wm. Shelby TLS to HLM on letterhead of IRS, 7th District of Kentucky, Collector's Office, Lexington speaks of "enemies to this office in the City of Frankfort" and calls lies allegations that the office has or will take any action against "Mr. Taylor"
Description: John C. Russell TLS to HLM from Louisville - political
Description: George Stretton (?) ALS to HLM Bardstown, - political
Description: Thomas H. Hays ALS to HLM Hays running a second time for speaker pro tem of Ky. Senate? previously lost to Goebel wants HLM's vote & influence
Description: Rozel Weissinger TLS to HLM with holograph note at bottom, Louisville political re a course of action for Democratic party Sen. Blackburn & sound money cause, mentions Gen. Duke's (Basil) interest in meeting
Description: JCS Blackburn TLS to HLM Senate letterhead Washington DC political
Description: Wm. Goebel ADS appointment of HLM as his proxy to vote in the joint Democratic caucus of the Kentucky General Assembly
Description: JCS Blackburn TLS to HLM politics, including JCSB's attempt to have a civil suit against Goebel dismissed
Description: H.A. Sommers ALS to HLM on letterhead of "Bimetallic Democratic National Committee" to which Sommers was a delegate from Kentucky - in reference to an appointment of "Joplin" (?) to a postmastership, relates to free silver issue
Description: Wm. Goebel ALS to HLM seeking support for his bid to be chm of the State Central Committee of the Democratic party, other political matters including Goebel's close ties to (Sen.?) Carlisle who he feels he must support for President asking HLM to give him "latitude" in this - outright statements of ambition, apparently trying to sway HLM with support Goebel can provide for JCS Blackburn
Description: Adlai E. Stevenson wedding invitation for Stevenson's daughter's wedding sent to HLM and wife
Description: Wm. Goebel ALS to HLM - reiterating wish to be on state central committee
Description: Lilly M. T. (?) ALS to HLM from Laranguras, Lergipe (?) Brazil -- wants HLM to help her father get another job and leave his employment with a distillery
Description: A.G. Gross ALS to HLM announcing silver forces will control national convention
Description: N. Powell Taylor, attorney, Henderson, Ky., ALS to HLM -- reportsseeing in C-J report that HLM declared his opposition to the Democratic nomineecan't believe it's true -- wants clarification from HLM
Description: Samuel Casseday TLS to HLM political - money issue
Description: Basil W. Duke ALS to HLM Louisville expressing his agreement with HLM on break from national Democratic ticket over money issue
Description: R.V. Norman ALS to HLM supporting HLM's stance on gold standard -- says he (Norman) will vote for McKinley
Description: Samuel Castleman ALS to HLM political problem referring to money issue & upcoming campaign
Description: A.V. (?) Hughes wire to HLM re barn burned at Midway - believed to be accident 6 colts burned, mules saved
Description: WCP Breckinridge TLS to HLM wanting Martin to help organize Democratic party & put ("new"?) ticket forward
Description: W.W. Stephenson TLS with holograph note to HLM re HLM's stand on money at Chicago convention and an incident re Wm. Goebel allegedly trying to "bull-doze" Stephenson into voting on an issue -- Stephenson was denying coercion on Goebel's part & seeking HLM's opinion since he was there, too
Description: Prospectus, Centre College, Danville
Description: JCS Blackburn ALS to HLM denying, rejecting newspaper reports that HLM had incurred JCSB's wrath for leaving Chicago (Democratic) Convention -- pledging unconditional support & friendship always
Description: George W. Davie to HLM letterhead Democratic State Executive Committee "For Sound Money..." urging HLM to participate in the sound money Democratic convention to be held in Louisville to fight the W.J. Bryan ticket
Description: John T. Shelby TLS to HLM re upcoming Louisville case
Description: Hogsett Classical and Military Academy, Danville, report card for HLM Jr. ("cadet")
Description: E.D. White TLS to HLM generally about horse business but mentions the anticipation and questions about the election's outcome
Description: James H. Mulligan TLS to HLM re son's wish to apply for position as a physician on one of the Pacific Mail Steamships between San Francisco and China - son currently a doctor at St. Joseph's in Lexington "the receiving hospital of all the railroads at that point"
Description: some kind of genealogical or religious note re Friersons
Description: E.H. Pearce ALS to HLM on letterhead Ky Wesleyan (then in Winchester) of which Pearce was president stating his support for Martin to be U.S. Senator
Description: W.L. Lyons TLS to HLM - offering support to HLM for U.S. Senate bid
Description: B.M. Creel TLS to HLM concerning his support for HLM in state senate race
Description: J.D. Crosthwait ALS to HLM political support
Description: Charles W. Buck TLS to HLM Louisville support for Martin as U.S. Senator attached copy of letter sent to Mark Hanna to enlist his aid in getting support for Pres (McKinley) for HLM
Description: Henry Watterson ALS to HLM Louisville re support for HLM - refers to himself as "marse Henry"
Description: W.W. Baldwin wire to HLM congratulatory - political
Description: WCPB TLS to HLM Lexington urging HLM to seek reelection
Description: WCPB TLS to HLM (content - basically same as above)
Description: Arthur Yager ALS to HLM asking HLM to run for reelection to state Senate representing Jessamine, Scott, & Woodford Co. on National Democratic (sound money) ticket, (Yager claims Prohibitionists & Republicans will support Martin, too) along with notice of upcoming convention to choose a nominee for the seat
Description: George M. Davie TLS to HLM re upcoming Sound Money Democratic meeting
Description: Joe Noe ALS to HLM Noe, an Owensboro atty wants to borrow $100 to repay gambling debt incurred when Noe passed thru Louisville, got drunk & played cards
Description: Sophonisba Breckinridge ALS to HLM on letterhead of Breckinridge & Shelby law firm, Lexington, concerning some affidavits
Description: W.B. Haldeman TLS to HLM Louisville Haldeman & H. Watterson wanted to see HLM re "party organization"
Description: WCPB TLS to HLM Lexington - reelection
Description: John M. Stevenson TLS to HLM on letterhead of Scott County Republican Executive Committee - Stevenson chairman of group - talking about election situation in co. including speculation "that the colored voters may not be able to vote intelligently under the N.D. (National Democrat) device."
Description: W.O. Bradley ALS to HLM - gov. wrote to several on Martin's behalf & wants to help in any way
Description: W.H. Johnson ALS to HLM on Deposit Bank of Georgetown letterhead - preparations for election, how to carry Georgetown area, need money to pay some voters to stay away, "have been busy instructing the colored people how to vote
Description: Llewellyn F. Sinclair TLS to J.M. Hoge of Midway - Sinclair a Georgetown atty, said Martin needed to put more money at Georgetown to win election
Description: J.M. Atherton ALS to HLM from Louisville - support for HLM campaign
Description: R.H. Elliston TLS to HLM written Williamstown Ky, regrets HLM's Description: R.H. Elliston TLS to HLM written Williamstown Ky, regrets HLM's election loss
Description: T.R. Welch ALS to HLM headed Nicholasville, Ky. - thanking Martin for letter congratulating him on a win
Description: Wm. Lindsay TLS to HLM Frankfort re factions in Democratic party over money issue
Description: WCPB TLS to HLM Lexington re job for a friend, regrets over election
Description: W.O. Bradley certificate to HLM to officiate for Kentucky in christening a battleship
Description: J.V. Martin ALS to sister (Margaret?) from Jamalpore, East India-reporting to family after long silence, traveling for 2 years to S. Africa, S. America, Australia & then to India, now working as supervisor of "coolie" gang at a steel foundry - refers to some rift with HLM & family
Description: WCPB TLS(s) to HLM Lexington - invitations to note with Breckinridge the anniversary of WCPB's return home from the Confederate army
Description: R.H. Elliston TLS to HLM Williamstown Ky - says prospects are brighter for the sound money Democrats - wants to see a few in the legislature & suggests making a deal with GOP to run them under their banner
Description: W. W. Stephenson TLS to HLM refuting earlier assertion that Stephenson supported Goebel - political letter by Stephenson discusses various aspects of race - decides essentially not to vote at all
Description: Saml Roberts TLS to HLM urging HLM to run for rep. from Woodford Co. basically as candidate of anti-Goebel forces
Description: Richard W. Knott, editor Louisville Evening Post, TLS to HLM Louisville refers to election contest now being transferred to legislature - expects "hottest winter ever known in Kentucky" - hopes to eradicate Goebelism
Description: W.O. Bradley ALS(s) to HLM both Frankfort wants Martin to come to Frankfort to assist in "the struggle for liberty"
Description: Charles F. Price ALS to HLM discusses the case of Tom Berry who was apparently barred from racing
Description: series of reports of some private detective on shadowing of a George W. Hyde for HLM - eventually Hyde is arrested in Memphis, returned to New Orleans.
Description: Leslie Combs TLS(s) to HLM encouraging WCPB to run for Congress (after previous defeat due to Pollard scandal)
Description: W.O. Bradley ALS to HLM political Bradley says he won't run for Congress
Description: W.O. Bradley ALS to HLM will run for legislature wants Martin to run in Woodford Co.
Description: Wm. Lindsay (U.S. Sen. - Ky.) TLS to HLM written on letterhead of Committee on Revolutionary Claims, U.S. Senate re deep feelings for Ky despite temporary sojourn in NY comments on current Ky politics
Description: George W. Hyde ALS(s) to HLM written from prison in Baton Rouge in prison for embezzlement wants Martin's help in getting pardon - Hyde apparently embezzled from Martin's firm
Description: bill Hotel Victoria London
Description: Desha Breckinridge TLS to HLM wanting to interest HLM in Fayette Home Telephone Co. - as it was expanding to Versailles and Midway
Description: W.W. (?) Monroe TLS to HLM Houston re expansion of Southern Pacific RR in Gulf Coast area - seeking HLM's investment
Description: Madeline McDowell Breckinridge ALS to HLM Lexington - thanking HLM for donation - apparently for playground and/or other children's charity involved in by MMB
Description: R(obert) C. Davey U.S. Senator La. TLS to HLM New Orleans written on letterhead on "Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, House of Representatives, U.S." re location of a new post office, apparently in New Orleans
Description: James B. Clay ALS to HLM Lexington - support for HLM if he runs for gov. (1903?)
Description: Julius Winter Jr. & Co. tailors 4th St Louisville bill
Description: birth card
Description: B.D. Warfield, dist. atty., L & N RR, TLS to HLM Mrs. Martin believed to be on board a train involved in an accident on Dec. 5 - seeking her as witness of the train blowing its whistle
Description: E.D. White (U.S. Supreme Court Justice) TLS to HLM, says he has made it a rule not to interfere with executive appointments since taking upjudicial duties, therefore not able to help HLM on an (unnamed) request
Description: L.F. Sinclair TLS to HLM written on letterhead of Georgetown P.O., letter written on behalf of Ky GOP asking if Martin would accept nomination for lieutenant governor if nominated
Description: Young E. Allison TLS to HLM Louisville on letterhead of The Louisville Herald concerning a possible HLM candidacy for GOP nomination for it. governor
Description: Morris B. Belknap TLS to HLM July 18, 1903 - seems to be accepting nomination
Description: Morris B. Belknap TLS to HLM, letterhead identifies Belknap as a candidate for GOP nomination for governor, letter - politics
Description: Desha Breckinridge TLS to HLM on letterhead of (Lexington) Morning Herald, soliciting financial support and/or a series of articles for a proposed new weekly newspaper called The Kentucky Farmer and Breeder
Description: Daylight Acetylene Gas Co. of Louisville, Ky., TLS to HLM, - want photo of Martin's residence which they lighted with acetylene gas for their St. Louis exposition exhibit, want testimonial, too
Description: Desha Breckinridge TLS to HLM April 13, 1904 re politics, recent congressional race
Description: N.C. Blanchard TLS to HLM - Blanchard is about to become governor of Louisiana, wants HLMs to attend inauguration events
Description: Letter - letterhead, The Hayes House
Description: Draft by HLM of a letter, in honor of WCPB, after his death, to Lexington Herald
Description: Samuel Judson Roberts TLS to HLM on letterhead of Lexington Leader expressing thanks for support for his candidacy for a third term as Collector, general view of politics of era
Description: Dr. Joseph Price ALS to Mrs. HLM? Philadelphia, urging recipient to attend right away to having some "small growths" removed.
Description: Carnation name card for HLM
Description: Samuel J. Roberts TLS to HLM seeking letter of support from Martin to President Roosevelt showing that Roberts has exercised duties well as Collector of Internal Revenue for 7th District of Kentucky & editor of Lexington Leader, a GOP newspaper
Description: Program and invitation to HLM to attend the 4th State Development Convention, the Galt House, Louisville
Description: P.P. Parrish ALS to HLM on letterhead of Kentucky Female Orphan School, Midway, urging HLM to run for legislature as GOP candidate.
Description: Richard P. Ernst, chm, GOP State Central Committee of Kentucky TLS to HLM - wants Martin to run for General Assembly for GOP
Description:? Wallace ALS to HLM written on letterhead of U. of Virginia Law Department, writer a student there, reporting on dedication of new building at the university where Woodrow Wilson, then president of Princeton, spoke student also tells of his experiences as a law student there
Description: Knott 2nd TLS to HLM re politics
Description: Richard W. Knott, ed. Evening Post Louisville, Ky. TLS to HLM re politics - believes thing of immediate importance is overthrow of "ring" in Louisville, then "ring" in state which Knott considered to be led by Beckham
Description: Copy of draft of letter by HLM to Blackburn alluded to
Description: JCS Blackburn TLS to HLM on letterhead of U.S. Senate - thanking Martin for letter on RR rate question, discussing it & other politics
Description: Daniel D. Colcock, representative of American Cane Growers' Association, based in Louisiana, 2 ALSs to HLM on Congressional/Senate letterhead regarding a bill in the Committee on the Philippines
Description: Copy of contract with American Tobacco Co. for tobacco
Description: copy of a statement to Committee on the Philippine Islands by Colcock
Description:? Wallace ALS to HLM Dec. 17, 1906 on the letterhead of the University of Virginia Law Department reporting on his law studies
Description: J.D. Crosthwait ALS to HLM on letterhead of Hollenbeck Hotel, Los Angeles, - described journey west, visits in Salt Lake City, where he met "Pres. Smith of the Mormon Church", and saw Ogden, Utah, San Francisco, Oakland, and Los Angeles - discussions of states of those cities
Description: W.O. Bradley TLS to HLM July 16, 1907 - reports "flattering outlook for state GOP ticket and for legislature - urging Martin to run for latter
Description: W.O. Bradley TLS to HLM - wants HLM's son to run for legislature if HLM won't
Description: Alvis S. Bennett, sec., Republican State Central Committee of Kentucky TLS to HLM - also wants HLM's son to run
Description: Thomas L. Walker, chm Fayette Co. Republican Executive Committee TLS to HLM - inviting HLM to attend an address by (then) Sec. of War Wm. Howard Taft in Lexington & act as vice-president of the organization - written on letterhead of Walker as postmaster in Lexington
Description: Alvis S. Bennett TLS to HLM, on letterhead of Republican State Campaign Committee, wants HLM to help raise money for GOP candidates in Woodford County.
Description: W.O. Bradley, ALS to HLM, also on GOP letterhead, also urging HLM to raise money for GOP candidates in Woodford County.
Description: Augustus E. Willson, TLS to HLM - thanks for congratulatory telegram - Willson just won governorship
Description: Bennett H. Young TLS to HLM - reports his resignation as a director & general counsel of the Inter-Southern Life Insurance Co. & advises HLM not to invest more money in the company
Description: Commissions issued by Gov. Augustus E. Willson naming HLM as delegate to Southern Commercial Congress (Nov. 24, 1908) and delegate to National Conservation Commission (Nov. 16, 1908)
Description: McKinzie Todd exec. secretary to Gov. Willson TLS to HLM - informing HLM that governor has named him to the state committee for the 100th birthday celebration for Abraham Lincoln where Pres. T. Roosevelt would speak
Description: Wm. Lovelell F.? (president of Berea College) written on official stationery TLS to HLM May 17, 1909, thanking HLM for his support of "our movement toward bettering the condition of the colored people of Kentucky."
Description: brochure re appeal for "Colored Christian Church", Midway, Ky. for funds toward their debt, subscribed to by prominent white citizens in area such as J.L. Cogar, Matt Winn - HLM sent a check, July 2, 1909
Description: E.D. White TLS to HLM Washington DC personal
Description: letter Dec., 1909 from Ky Association for Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis, Louisville, appeal, notes State Board of Health figure of 6400 TB deaths in last year, conservative estimate of 20,000 active cases in Kentucky, notes Ky. second in nation in TB deaths (Tennessee was first) gives a figure that every life then in Commonwealth then worth $1000
Description: E.D. White TLS to HLM, Washington, D.C. refusing invitation by HLM for a Florida trip because "the work of the: U.S. Supreme Court here is incessant
Description: Invoice, from B.F. Meek & Sons, Louisville, manufacturers of Meek and Blue Grass Kentucky Reels - noted for letterhead
Description: W.O. Bradley TLS to HLM, letterhead, U.S. Senate, assures his support for New Orleans as location of the Panama Exposition, expresses hope to be able to accept HLM's invitation to visit sometime
Description: H.T. Lawler TLS to HLM New Orleans - says New Orleans needs all the help it can get, appreciates HLM's letter supporting call for Panama Canal exposition for city.
Description: Invitation to a launching of "Whallen Bros." a new motor boat playing the Ohio River: June 30, 1910, apparently named for firm which owned it.
Description: Augustus E. Willson TLS to HLM, - politics, re upcoming Congressional race?
Description: Charles H. Stoll TLS to HLM, urging HLM to be a GOP candidate for Congress
Description: Desha Breckinridge TLS to HLM from Lexington on letterhead of Lexington Herald - appreciates HLM's support for Breckinridge's editorials re-election, advocating defeat of Cantrill wants HLM to run for the office, which is unnamed, probably an U.S. Congressional seat
Description: Bertron Griscom & Jenks, TLS to HLM, New York, confidential letter concerning stock of New Orleans Railway & Light Co.
Description: C.M. Clay (Jr.) ALS to HLM, Paris, Ky. confidential letter by Clay saying he does not want to openly oppose Cantrill since he sees him socially, unless one of the "old guard" were running as a candidate
Description: HLM to Desha Breckinridge, ALS - will not run for Congress, will explain when next meet in person
Description: Desha Breckinridge TLS to HLM, Lexington on letterhead of Lexington Herald, regrets HLM's decision not to run but accepts it
Description: Wm. Jackson Hendrick TLS to HLM, New York, on letterhead of Hendrick, Abberley & Hendrick, convinced only HLM can win Congressional race & beat "that political bastard" Cantrill
Description: Receipt issued by "Jno. T. Barbee & Co" distillers in Louisville, for whiskey purchased. Stamped with following statement, "We Guarantee These Goods Not To Be Misbranded Nor Adulterated Within The Meaning of The National Pure Food Law Approved June 30th, 1906"
Description: 2 letters from Alice Lloyd to HLM, 1 TLS, Oct. 26, 1910, the other 1 ALS, Nov. 14, 1910 re her proposal to interview HLM re recent tobacco growers' movement for better prices (Black Patch War)
Description: Augustus E. Willson TLS to HLM, appointing HLM as a delegate to National Tariff Comm. Assn.
Description: Augustus E. Willson TLS to HLM, re meeting of a Tariff Committee & a redistricting issue - which Willson favored
Description: Christmas card at beginning of 1910 folders also at end
Description: C.M. Clay (Jr) ALS to HLM,, Paris, Ky., "in regard to"..."tobacco situation", states his opposition to pooling, asks for HLM's assessment of his own county, suggests organization might help
Description: C.M. Clay (Jr) ALS to HLM, Paris, Ky., re tobacco movement & issues
Description: Augustus E. Willson, Gov. of Ky., TLS to HLM, (3 p.) on executive stationery, refusing invitation to Islamorada, Fla. where HLM is, lengthy letter thanks HLM for compliments on Willson's education work, gives a gloomy estimate of representative government, asks for HLM's advice on calling a special session to redistrict after 1910 census results, states he considers it a "non-partisan" affair
Description: Basil Duke ALS to HLM, re Judge:? O'Rear's candidacy for GOP nomination, says he would have supported him years earlier but since O'Rear (as a state judge) admitted and apologized for being a Night Rider he can't support him -- says he would like to see the GOP put up a man he could vote for, "in the event I should still think it proper to vote that ticket," discusses other possibilities
Description: Durand Whipple TLS to HLM, Little Rock, Ark., on letterhead of Confederate Veterans Reunion re HLM coming to reunion
Description: Madeline McDowell Breckinridge TLS to HLM, (3 p.) Lexington, on letterhead of Ky. Assn. for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis wants help in TB work in Ky. 2nd letter TLS & holograph note June 6, 1911 - wants HLM to attend Board of Directors meeting
Description: Christmas card 1912 - 1913, at end of 1912 folders
Description: Wm. H. Cox TLS to HLM, Louisville, on letterhead of Great Southern Fire Insurance Co., concerning HLM's buying stock in company - notable letter for letterhead including Augustus Willson's name as president and slogan at bottom, "Kentucky's Million Dollar Fire Insurance Company"
Description: Andrew P. McCormick TLS to HLM, Waco, Tex., on McCormick's official letterhead as U.S. Circuit Judge acknowledges previous letter by HLM with information about Ky. politicos who were in college with McCormick - James and Joe Blackburn and Boyd Winchester - the latter apparently all in financial straits in their old age. Also talks of (Gov.) John Young Brown, particularly stating that he had a drinking problem, that he was elected to Congress too young, and that he was "unfortunate in his son" - previous letter, TLS, Jan. 2, 1913, also present asking for news
Description: Allen? TLS to HLM, New Orleans, on the letterhead of the St. Charles regarding change of presidential administrations and possible effect on prices of tobacco. Also concerned about effect on prices if peace restored in Turkey. Comments on gaiety of New Orleans as large Mardi Gras celebration about to begin.
Description: T.H. Poynter (U.S. Senator) TLS to HLM, on letterhead of U.S. Senate committee on civil service concerning a proposed trip HLM might undertake concerning agriculture. A previously attached copy of another letter pertaining to this trip is missing. Poynter said HLM would get an appointment from Southern Commercial Congress if he went on the trip
Description: W.O. Bradley TLS to HLM, on letterhead of U.S. Senate asks HLM to join American Commission for the study of agricultural business in Europe which was to leave New York on April 26. HLM was asked to serve as commissioner from Kentucky due to his qualifications and ability to finance his own travel. The trip would include a reception given by the King and Queen of Italy
Description: Fred S. Wash ALS to HLM, Frankfort, wants HLM to write Sen. W.O. Bradley to help him get appointment to U.S. Naval Academy
Description: Madeline McDowell Breckinridge ALS to Mrs. HLM, Lexington, on letterhead of Kentucky Equal Rights Association asking Mrs. Martin to attend a lecture the next evening and bring the family. She asked Sen. Martin to come and said her husband, Desha, would sit on the stage with him.
Description: Fred C.N. Parke, taxidermist, 2 letters ALS to HLM, concerning a fish he was preparing for HLM
Description: Meade Frierson, TLS to HLM, Nashyille, re business, economy, politics - says he just returned from SW Georgia and says HLM would be satisfied with his own troubles if he saw conditions there, says HLM's recent talk with him has shaken his faith in Democratic administration
Description: Johnson M. Camden TLS to HLM on letterhead of U.S. Senate Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Labor (of which Sen. Camden was chairman) - appreciates HLM's support for his opposition to a shipping bill, also appreciates HLM's suggestion that Camden run for governor but will not consider it.
Description: Edward J. McDermott TLS to HLM, on letterhead of "McDermott's Headquarters, Business Mens Committee," Louisville -- appreciates HLM's support, is sure although Martin can not vote for him in primary, he will persuade other voters to support him, wants HLM to write to Democratic friends to request help
Description: Commencement Program, 5th annual Midway High School, HLM presented diplomas
Description: Lexington Jewish Committee to HLM, Lexington, TL asking for contributions for relief of "Jewish Sufferers in the War Zones of Europe." - HLM's holographic note indicates he sent a check
Description: J. Wadsworth Jr. TLS to HLM, on letterhead of U.S. Senate - thanks HLM for letter expressing approval of movement to nominate Elihu Root for President
Description: Max B. Nahm TLS to HLM, Bowling Green, - discusses war (WWI), wants to know why HLM says it will end in 4 months, states his reasons for thinking it will last longer
Description: Florence Barlow ALS to HLM, on letterhead of Kentucky Confederate Home in Pewee Valley, -- re effort to raise money for Confederate Home chapter of U.D.C. to get portrait of Jefferson Davis for the Capitol (this portrait was presented to the KHS in 1917 and is still in collection), also asks HLM to serve on Confederate Home board, discusses Civil War events
Description: HLM to Max Nahm on old state Senate letterhead, ALS, (copy?) response to Nahm's letter on WWI, his opinions on outcome
Description: Jennie C. Morton ALS to HLM, KHS stationery, thanks HLM for submission of his genealogy, 2nd letter (original) July 19, 1917, KHS stationery -- says "historical inquiry for the families of Kentucky is my especial line of state work" asks about Martin genealogy
Description: HLM TL to Jennie Chinn Morton, Midway, re Martin genealogy in response to a letter from Mrs. Morton, HLM praised her work also
Description: Byron Hilliard TLS to HLM, on letterhead of J.J.B. Hilliard & Son Stocks and Bonds, Louisville, -- refers to a street car company strike in St. Louis -- says the strike "will make the people of St. Louis appreciate... the benefits of a street car company... to a city" and lead them to "moderate their unjust claims" -- says he expects the company to go into the hands of a receiver
Description: Bennett H. Young TLS to HLM, on letterhead of Jefferson Davis Home Association, Louisville -- wants help from Martin as one of Morgan's Men to raise $ for Jefferson Davis monument
Description: J.C.W. Beckham TLS to HLM on letterhead of U.S. Senate Committee on Expenditures in the Department of Labor, thanks Martin for support for his position on woman suffrage, (Beckham opposed woman suffrage) says "some of the very wild advocates of the movement have threatened me with political destruction," says he does not believe anything like a majority of the women of Kentucky want the ballot -- letter is marked "Personal"
Description: Charles A. Hinsch TLS to HLM on letterhead of The Fifth - Third National Bank of Cincinnati -- appreciates letter by HLM, says greatest problem to solve is Labor problem, believes "Bolsheviki's" are much stronger in U.S. than generally believed
Description: Charles O. Heydt, TLS to HLM, New York, responding to a letter Martin sent to John D. Rockefeller, Jr. expressing thanks on Rockefeller's behalf for Martin's praise of Rockefeller's address on "Representation in Industry."
Description: John B. McFerran series of ALS to HLM, from Louisville - May 10, 1919 discusses education in Kentucky; May 28, 1919 serious illness of Colonel Reuben Durrett; June 1, 1919, Col. Durrett better; June 3, 1919, June 4, 1919, June 7, 1919, more on Col. Durrett's condition; June 12, 1919, improvement, Col. Durrett
Description: Receipt, for Martin's contribution for (what is now) Memorial Hall: at the University of Kentucky - Martin gave $20.
Description: Judge Charles Kerr TLS to HLM, Lexington, is considering running for the Senate
Description: Thruston Ballard TL to HLM, Louisville, - invitation to luncheon to meet George Colvin, state superintendent-elect of public instruction where there would also be "an informal discussion of Kentucky's educational problems"
Description: Wm. E. Railey, ALS to HLM, Frankfot, - re Railey's efforts to collect genealogical information on prominent Kentucky families, mentions death of Jennie Chinn Morton the day before
Description: John W. Barr, Jr. telegram to HLM, Louisville, reports death of John McFerran
Description: Wm. E. Railey, 2 ALS(s) to HLM, Frankfort, re genealogy and KHS
Description: S.D. Pinkerton (?) ALS to HLM, with attached card, Versailles, concerning raising of $ for Republican National Committee, Martin gave $20?
Description: W.S. Woods, editor The Literary Digest, TLS to HLM, New York, - thankign HLM for his vote in straw poll in presidential contest
Description: Fred W. Upham TLS to HLM, Chicago, on letterhead of Republican National Committee (of which Upham was treasurer), - thanking HLM for check, urging general support for Republicans
Description: H.B. Martin TLS to HLM, Tulsa, Okla, writer, a lawyer, advised to write to Martin by a mutual friend, discusses his saddle horses and a recent article in a Tulsa paper concerning them. He sent HLM the paper under separate cover, also referring to another article in the paper connected to a lynching, says he thinks the lynching was morally justifiable
Description: Mrs. W.O. Bullock ALS to HLM, Lexington, ca. Nov. 13, 1920 - relates assault and murder of a teacher in the Pine Mountain school while she was walking a trail to the school, asks Martin's assistance for funds to hire a special prosecutor and detectives to pursue the case.
Description: Certificate issued to HLM by European Relief Council (which was chaired by Herbert Hoover) for donating $10 - certified that "one invisible guest" would be "entertained at his table" until the harvest of 1921
Description: Receipt, for a History of Kentucky printed by the American Historical Society, 1 set was 5 vols. and cost $35
Description: Edwin P. Morrow TLS to HLM, on official gubernatorial stationery, -- appointing HLM as the chairman of "Old Kentucky Home Week" in his community
Description: obituary Capt. John Steele from Blue Grass Clipper - Steele a businessman, associate of HLM, charter member of KHS
Description: Clipping - obituary, J. Will Howard (former partner of HLM?) - died Oct. 14, 1921 business interests included mines, mules, railroads, phosphates
Description: Desha Breckinridge TLS to HLM, Lexington, has nominated HLM as a member of the National Economic League
Description: HLM to Mrs. Henry Watterson (copy) expresses sadness at Watterson's death and says "all Kentucky mourns with you"
Description: Notice for dues, KHS, marked paid -- dues then $2
Description: J.J. Hebert TL to HLM, on letterhead of Tennessee Historical Commission, Nashville, -- sending questionnaire to HLM at request of Mrs. J.W. Howard, for a "Memorial" for J. W. Howard, to be in book published by the Commission. The letter is stamped as issuing from the Memorial Department.
Description: N. Powell Taylor TLS to HLM, Henderson, -- telling HLM of a reunion of the state Senate of 1896 to be held at the State Fair
Description: Clipping, memorial resolution for Breckinridge Viley passed by Citizens Bank of Midway (HLM's bank) -- note by Martin said Viley died Oct. 19, 1922
Description: Clipping from Blue Grass Clipper, concerning HLM's resignation from Midway Board of Education and honors paid to him
Description: Emmett Blevins Company TL (s) to HLM, April & May 1923, Louisville (3 letters) concerning an artificial limb (leg) HLM was purchasing on behalf of a tenant
Description: Photograph, Confederate veterans, Georgetown, Ky., August, 1923
Description: Alfred Brandeis TLS to HLM, on letterhead of American Committee For Relief of German Children, Louisville, -- concerning subscription drive, slogans on letterheadinclude "Children must not be let starve while political and economic problems are being solved" and "America Never Waged War on Children."
Description: Field McLeod TLS to HLM, Versailles, concerning some legal matters between HLM's daughter Margaret and her husband -- pertaining to land
Description: Issac F. Starks TLS to HLM, on letterhead of Starks Realty Co., (with picture of Starks Bldg.) concerning a man named Will Davis who was formerly a guard at the Midway Distillery but who was dismissed in connection with the removal of some whiskey from the distillery. Starks wanted HLM's help for efforts to have Davis reinstated.
Description: M.C. Swinford TLS to Mrs. HLM, Cynthiana, expressing regret and concern over HLM's accident
Description: John Stites TLS to HLM, on letterhead of Louisville Trust Co., -- concerning accident, apparently HLM drove a breakcart and the horse bolted, Stites joked that a man of HLM's dignity should be riding in a Packard limousine
Description: Jouett Shouse TLS to HLM, Kansas City, Mo., get-well letter after HLM had an accident
Description: Isaac F. Starks TLS to HLM, on letterhead same as previous, regret over HLM's accident
Description: Card from the Kentucky Pay-As-You-Go Organization, issued to HLM, slogan - Progress Without Bondage!
Description: R.R. Almore, treasurer, Kentucky Pay-As-You-Go Organization to HLM on letterhead of the organization, Louisville, -- re efforts to defeat proposed bond issue
Description: Engraved invitation, C.H. Meng and John E. Abraham to "Confederate friends" (e.g. HLM), -- meeting to be at Hotel Windsor, Paris, Ky.
Description: H. Giovannoli, editor and manager, Lexington Leader, TLS to HLM, -- appreciates another contribution to the Pay-As-You-Go plan, says the "fight was...righteous" and economically managed, also refers to developments (?) in the Burley and Dark Tobacco districts
Description: Jesse Martin ALS to HLM, Albrin (?), Mont., -- mentions surprise to hear of Margaret's suit for divorce from Foster (?)
Description: Robert S. Carroll telegram (2 copies) to HLM, from Asheville, N.C. -- cannot continue treatment for Mrs. HLM unless unquestioned authority turned over to sanitarium -- says part of the time patient is mentally irresponsible -- other letters refer to hallucinations
Description: Woodward E. Finley TLS(s) 2 letters) to HLM, on letterhead of Stanley McCormick School, Burnsville, N.C. concerning Mrs. HLM, who was at the hospital or sanitarium. Finley refers to her as "Cousin Lula", said in 2nd letter she was "under quite a tension"
Description: Mrs. HLM L to HLM, Asheville -- letter written by nurse -- says she thinks HLM exaggerates her illness and that he would benefit from such a treatment that he needs the rest more than she does
Description: Mrs. HLM L to Maggie (?), Asheville, N.C. -- letter written by nurse -- describes treatment at sanitarium and rewards for good behavior
Description: Highland Hospital 2 letters (TLS) concerning Mrs. HLM who is apparently in hospital
Description: J.A. Goodwin TL to HLM, on letterhead of Goodwin Brothers, Inc., Lexington, a Dodge dealership - concerning car originally sold to E.L. Davis on which Davis still owed $360.00. HLM's daughter, who was married to but apparently separated from Davis, sold the car. Goodwin was seeking explanation and settlement. The letterhead is also a brochure for the dealerships' cars and trucks. The interior includes a color drawing of a truck and the back has photos and specifications for a car
Description: Burnett & Donaldson (law firm) TLS to HLM, on letterhead, Tiptonville, Tennessee -- responding to a previous letter from HLM in which HLM says he declined to lease his Lake County land for oil drilling, says HLM will bear responsibility for any failure to develop the area.
Description: F.C. Dorsey TLS to HLM, on letterhead of Liberty Insurance Bank, Louisville -- Dorsey was chairman of the agricultural committee, Ky. Bankers' Assn. - letter tells HLM he has been appointed Key Man for the county -- an outstanding banker to represent agricultural committee in his county, Dorsey says a Purebred Sire Train will be run over area railroads, a Purebred Sire meeting to be held in each stop, also planning a statewide contest to increase yield of corn per acre.
Description: Richard Godson TDS Midway, Ky., concerning settlement of estate of Matthew T. Martin, HLM's brother
Description: Alfred E. Huber telegrams to HLM (2) concerning illness of Jesse Martin -- who had TB
Description: TL on letterhead of Citizens Bank of Midway by HLM, soliciting support for orphan school for girls at Midway (now Midway College), wants to develop Anglo-Saxon or "basic American stock" so leadership in country can "fall upon real Americans." Attached is a carbon of a 1927 letter dictated to Edwin Gould of NYC, soliciting support.
Description: Irvin S. Cobb TLS to HLM, NY - thanks HLM for letter about Midway orphan school, wants to meet HLM and visit the school the next time he is in Kentucky.
Description: Clipping - Katherine Davis - HLM's granddaughter, daughter of Margaret Martin Davis, a violinist, married Ivan Davis at HLM's home, Calumet
Description: Jesse E. Martin (HLM nephew) TLS to HLM, on letterhead of Illinois Bell Telephone Co., Chicago -- re politics, imminent presidential election, point of view of a friend, Ivan Davis, relative situations in Chicago of "negro" and "foreign language populations."
Description: John P. Starks TLS to HLM, on letterhead of Starks Realty Co., Louisville, reporting on meeting of trustees of Midway Orphan School, expressed his dissatisfaction with the school's handling of financing and investments, wants HLM to serve on committee with him to advise school, another letter, May 2, reiterates small amount of efforts involved
Description: Wm. J. Webster TLS to HLM, on letterhead of Webster & Webster law firm in Columbia, Tennessee -- generally concerning horses, questions about Man O'War -- few colts each year, wants to know if he's a shy breeder or is the $5000 fee a barrier?
Description: Mary Brecknridge TLS to HLM, Wendover above Hyden, Ky., letter of appreciation for HLM's attendance at writer's father's funeral, who had severed with HLM in Civil War -- sorry she had not asked him to be honorary pallbearer
Description: Program, "One Hundred Years in Midway, 1833 - 1933"
Description: Robert Emory Baird TLS to HLM, New Orleans, letter concerning possible appointment of Baird as U.S. Marshal for the eastern district of Louisiana
Description: Letters, March 1934, concerning soon to be published history concerning John Hunt Morgan -- claimed his men robbed a bank in Mt. Sterling in 1864. March 27, 1934 HLM dictates and signed a notarized statement denying charges
Description: TD, Burial Ritual for Veterans, ritual text and responses
Description: A.B. "Happy" Chandler ALS to HLM, on letterhead of Office of Lieutenant Governor expressing sympathy at death of HLM's son
Description: Frances U. Finley ALS to HLM, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, addressed to "Cousin Henry", expressing sympathy on death of son
Description: John P. Starks TLS to HLM, on letterhead of Starks Realty Co., Louisville -- extends season's greetings, discusses future of New Year, dismal financial condition but expresses confidence that country will emerge from "debacle" as from many others, including Civil War
Description: Wm. E. Railey ALS to HLM, on personalized stationery of KHS -- says he resigned from KHS in Nov. 1934 on account of deafness from a 6 weeks illness earlier in that year. -- he states his ages - 82 - plans on reprinting his Woodford County History, wants help from HLM on money needed
Description: J.R. Weiler TLS to HLM, on letterhead of Harlan (Ky.) National Bank of which Weiler was cashier - form letter asking support for Charles Cole, GOP candidate for state treasurer
Description: O.L. Alexander TLS to HLM, New York -- refers to robbery at Midway bank -- congratulates HLM for having $800 (robbery sum) in his bank
Description: Birthday card, HLM - color, drawn - two penguins
Description: A.B. "Happy" Chandler TLS to HLM, on letterhead of governor's office, urging support for him in race against Sen. Alben Barkley - a form letter? with name and address typed in at the top
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