NOAH MARTIN, the thirty-first governor of New Hampshire, was born in Epsom, New Hampshire on July 26, 1801. His education was attained at Dartmouth College, where he earned a medical degree in 1824. He then established medical practices in Pembroke and Great Falls, eventually settling in Dover, where he played an instrumental part in the founding of the Dover Medical Association. Martin first entered politics as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, a position he won election to in 1830, 1832 and 1837. He was also elected to the State Senate in 1835 and 1836. Martin next secured the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and was elected governor by a popular vote in 1852. He was reelected to a second term in 1853. During his tenure, railroad reform measures were lobbied for; the national fugitive slave law was endorsed; the state’s economy flourished; and the initiation of a state agricultural commission was promoted. After leaving the governorship, Martin retired from political life. He returned to his medical practice, as well as becoming involved in civic affairs. Governor Noah Martin passed away in Dover on May 28, 1863.
Sobel, Robert, and John Raimo, eds. Biographical Directory of the Governors of the United States, 1789-1978, Vol. 3, Westport, Conn.; Meckler Books, 1978. 4 vols.