DANIEL MARTIN was born in Talbot County, Maryland around 1780. His education was attained at St. John’s College in Annapolis. Martin entered politics in 1813, serving as a member of the Maryland House of Delegates, a position he held until 1820. He was elected governor on January 4, 1829 and sworn into office on January 15. During his tenure, he recommended reducing state office holders; he endorsed road and canal improvements, and he lobbied for a better public school system. After running unsuccessfully for reelection, Martin left office on January 15, 1830. However, one year later he was reelected. His last administration was devoted to improving the state’s penal system. A little more than six months into his term, Governor Daniel Martin became seriously ill. He passed away on July 8, 1831, and was buried in the Spring Hill Cemetery in Easton, Maryland.
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