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William Thornton Martin
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Birth: Sep. 28, 1856
Loudoun County
Virginia, USA
Death: Aug. 26, 1916
Charlottesville
Charlottesville City
Virginia, USA

Started WT Martin Hardware in Charlottesville in 1893 on East Main Street. The enterprise grew into a major supplier of light and heavy hardware, including McCormick Machines, Buckeye Grain Drills, Sharpless Cream Separators, and Aermotor Wind Mills, not to mention sporting goods, buggies and wagons, woodenware and cutlery.

Was prominent community leader,serving as president of the Chamber of Commerce, vice president of Jefferson National Bank, trustee of Miller School and as a member of the city's school board for the last 12 years of his life.

Father of writer Pete Martin (William Thornton Martin, Jr.), best known for "I Call On" Hollywood interview articles for the Saturday Evening Post. 
 
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 Parents:
  John W. Martin (1824 - 1901)
  Jane Norris Wyndham Martin (1825 - 1906)
 
 Spouse:
  Cornelia Janney Martin (1860 - 1944)
 
 Children:
  Clara Wyndham Martin Estes (1885 - 1974)*
  Laurence Janney Martin (1888 - 1956)*
  William Thornton Martin (1901 - 1980)*
 
 Siblings:
  Thomas A. Martin (1847 - 1893)**
  Mary Martin Welsh (1848 - 1904)**
  John J Martin (1850 - 1862)*
  Joseph Merican Martin (1853 - 1925)*
  William Thornton Martin (1856 - 1916)
  Jefferson Davis Martin (1859 - 1899)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Maplewood Cemetery
Charlottesville
Charlottesville City
Virginia, USA
 
Created by: William Martin
Record added: Jan 17, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 33001374
William Thornton Martin
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William Thornton Martin
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