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Luther Martin. Watercolor with glaze over pencil on paper, c. 1835, by Bernard Francis Hoppner Meyer. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

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Martin, Luther ( February 1748–08 July 1826), lawyer and politician, was born near New Brunswick, New Jersey, the son of Benjamin Martin and Hannah (maiden name unknown), farmers. Luther Martin graduated from the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University) in 1766. For the next three years he served as schoolmaster at the Queen Anne’s County Free School on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. During this time Martin began studying law with books borrowed from a local attorney....