|Birth: ||Jul. 8, 1696|
New Jersey, USA
|Death: ||Dec. 13, 1751|
Penn Biographies - David Martin (1696-1751)
David Martin was born in Piscataway, New Jersey, the son of Joseph and Sarah (Trotter) Martin. Here he was married in 1714 to Elizabeth Doty; they had three daughters.
Before coming to Philadelphia, Martin served as sheriff of Hunterdon County in New Jersey for thirteen or fourteen years. He also operated a ferry across the Delaware River near Easton, Pennsylvania, and served as marshall of Trenton, under its first charter of incorporation. But Martin's qualities extended beyond what these professions might suggest. He was one of the earliest members of the American Philosophical Society, one of the few who was not a resident of Philadelphia. Benjamin Franklin found that Martin was his principal antagonist at chess.
On March 29, 1750, the Trustees of the Academy of Philadelphia (forerunner of the University of Pennsylvania) made Martin the Academy's first Rector and Professor of Greek and Latin. He held these positions until his death the following year. He was described by his colleagues at the Academy as "a perfect good Scholar and a man of good Temper." He proved to be an able administrator, assiduously collecting fees from the scholars, and a flexible, diligent teacher, carefully tailoring assignments to the capacity of the student. Martin was also an early member of the American Philosophical Society. When he died a sudden death in December of 1751 and was buried in Christ Church burial ground, Franklin printed a laudatory eulogy in the January 14, 1752 issue of the Pennsylvania Gazette.
In 1752, Franklin mentioned that his favorite chess playing partner, David Martin (1696-1751), had died. Franklin had written to an English publisher that he no longer needed a certain chess book because his principle antagonist was dead, and the few remaining players were very indifferent.
Elizabeth Doughty Martin (1695 - 1737)*
Christ Church Burial Ground
Created by: Alice Martin LaRue
Record added: Sep 30, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15943457
Added: Sep. 6, 2016
Added: Jun. 25, 2016
May GOD Bless you Reverend Dr. David Martin as you have blessed us kin all so very well! The escaped endentured slave Benjamin Franklin thought so very much of you and chess only has 44 moves in it too...|
Jonathan Robert De Mallie
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