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William Logan Martin, Jr. (1883 - 1959)
William Logan Martin, Jr. was born in Scottsboro, Alabama on February 20, 1883.  He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point and then earned a law degree at the University of Alabama in 1908.  From 1909 to 1910 he was Assistant Solicitor of the City Court of Montgomery and from 1911 to 1914 he was an Alabama Assistant Attorney General.  From 1914 to 1917 Martin served as Attorney General of the State of Alabama.  He resigned this office when the United States entered World War I and he re-entered the army.  Martin returned to Montgomery in 1919 and was appointed a Circuit Court judge for Montgomery County.  In 1920 his career changed direction when he moved to Birmingham to practice law.  In 1921 he became the attorney for the Alabama Power Company.  And in 1922 he established the law firm which became today’s Balch & Bingham LLP and where he practiced law until his death in 1959.
           
Judge Martin was a zealous advocate for his clients, particularly the Alabama Power Company.  He became a constitutional scholar of national renown.  In addition to being committed to his clients, he held leadership positions in the Alabama and American Bar associations.  He served as President of Alabama State Bar for the 1946-1947 term of office.   He was a delegate to the American Bar Association from Alabama from 1937 to 1959.  And he served on the ABA Board of Governors from 1943 to 1946.
           
Martin incorporated the Southern Research Institute in 1941.  He was a member of the Alabama Power Company Board of Directors from 1951 to 1959.  And the company recognized his many contributions by naming the Logan Martin Dam and its resulting lake in his honor.
           
For his lifetime of public service as an army officer, Alabama Attorney General, a Circuit Court Judge, bar association leader, and prominent corporate attorney the lawyers of Alabama are proud to include William Logan Martin, Jr. as a member of its Lawyers’ Hall of Fame.          

 

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