Martin, John (John H. Martin)

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MARTIN, John (John H. Martin)


Born July 21, in Turlock, CA; father, an insurance company executive; married (divorced); married Cynthia (divorced); children: (second marriage) Nicholas. Education: University of Florida, B.A., political science. Avocational Interests: Body surfing, reading.

Career: Actor. Also worked as a financial planner; appeared in television commercial for Great Shakes and as the Winston Guy for Winston cigarettes; previously worked as director of finance for Republican Party in Florida, as a stockbroker, and for MercedesBenz; founder of Global Green (an environmental organization).


Film Appearances:

Hotwire, Comworld Pictures, 1980.

Man with flashlight, Silkwood, Twentieth CenturyFox, 1983.

Edborder guard, El Norte, Island Alive, 1984.

Jason Williams, Fire in the Night, New World Home Video, 1986.

Matt Moorhouse, Black Roses, Imperial Video, 1988.

Nick Finley, Night Game, TransWorld Entertainment, 1989.

Senator Henry Vance, Dark before Dawn, PSM, 1989.

Baseball player, Pastime (also known as One Cup of Coffee ), Miramax, 1991.

Sheriff, Love Hurts, Vestron Pictures, 1991.

Desert Lunch, 1994.

Justice of the peace, Underneath (also known as The Underneath ), Gramercy, 1995.

Older Roger Woodward, Shine, Fine Line, 1996.

Television Appearances; Series:

Robert Brennan, Days of Our Lives, NBC, 1985.

Jon Russell, One Life to Live, ABC, 19861989, then 19911992.

Jonathan Russell, General Hospital, ABC, 1991.

Hank Cummings, Sunset Beach, NBC, 19971998.

(As John H. Martin) Frederick Hodges, The Young and the Restless (also known as Y&R ), CBS, 2002.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Skyward (also known as Ron Howards's "Skyward "), NBC, 1980.

Lone Star Kid, The Disney Channel, 1988.

Sam Marlowe, Columbo: Columbo and the Murder of a Rock Star, ABC, 1991.

The doctor, Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life (also known as Lone Justice and Ned Blessing ), CBS, 1992.

Nelson Anello, Moment of Truth: Stalking Back, NBC, 1993.

Sam Winslow, Praying Mantis, USA Network, 1993.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Parisi, The Steeler and the Pittsburgh Kid, NBC, 1981.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

(As John H. Martin) Construction worker, "Norma Rae Bunker," Archie Bunker's Place, CBS, 1981.

TV reporter, "A Dress to Remember," The Love Boat, ABC, 1982.

Bartender, Emerald Point N.A.S., CBS, 1983.

"Houston: Duffy's Choice," Lottery!, ABC, 1983.

Dave Jamison, "The Lipstick Killer," T. J. Hooker, ABC, 1984.

Bartender, "Friends and Lovers," Emerald Point N.A.S., CBS, 1984.

Rex, "Cupid Works Overtime," Three's Company, ABC, 1984.

"Distortions," Hotel, ABC, 1985.

Walter Cruise, "Welcome to the Neighborhood," Pacific Palisades, Fox, 1997.

Also appeared in Seventh Heaven, The WB; FBI: The Untold Stories; American Playhouse.

Martin, John

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Martin, John

MARTIN, JOHN. (1730?–1786). Soldier, politician. Born in Rhode Island, Martin moved to Georgia with his brother James in 1767. He served in a number of public offices, beginning in 1775 as a delegate from the town and district of Savannah to the first Provincial Congress and then on the Council of Safety. This was followed by election to public office for Chatham County as sheriff (1778–1779), justice of the peace (1781), and member of the assembly (1782). In the military he served as first lieutenant, then captain, of the Seventh Company of the Georgia Continental Battalion (1776); lieutenant colonel of the First Battalion, First Regiment (1777); town major of Savannah (1778); and lieutenant colonel, Chatham County (1781). In October 1781 he was appointed commissary in charge of military stores and elected governor in January 1782.

Continental General Nathanael Greene sent General Anthony Wayne and his forces into Georgia that month, and Martin saw to it that the rebel militia and civil government cooperated as fully as possible. Martin and Greene had met in the vicinity of the Congaree River in South Carolina, probably in 1781, and each left a favorable impression on the other. Martin did his best to get militia into the field and supplies to the troops, but this was difficult to achieve due to near-famine conditions. While offering attractive bounties for joining the militia, Martin gave precedence to the planting of crops. He also located food supplies in neighboring states for the commissary to distribute to needy civilians. As Wayne, along with supporting militia, closed in on the British in Savannah, Martin moved the seat of government out of the backcountry. The British evacuated Savannah in July 1782, and the state government was reestablished there for the first time since 1778.

Martin's administrative abilities and understanding of human nature enabled him to guide Georgia on its first steps toward rebuilding its shattered infrastructure. Violence did not end with the departure of the British, and Martin expressed his determination to end plundering. He used former raiders and the limited militia forces available to curb widespread outlaw activities and to locate badly needed slaves, horses, and cattle hidden by plundering gangs. Martin gained East Florida Governor Patrick Tonyn's cooperation in curtailing crossborder plundering activities. While he was unsuccessful in getting the General Assembly to adopt a lenient attitude toward Loyalists and the confiscation of their property, Martin correctly anticipated that it would eventually do so. The board of commissioners he established to manage confiscated property remained active for forty years.

Martin served as state treasurer in 1783–1784, and in early 1783 he was appointed a commissioner to meet with Creek and Cherokee Indians; he did not attend, however. Although little is known of his private life, he mentioned that his family was dependent upon food from the commissary during 1782, and he married Mary Deborah Spencer in December 1783. Martin died during January 1786 while traveling west for the recovery of his health.


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Klein, Rachel N. "Frontier Planters and the Revolution: The Southern Backcountry, 1775–1782." In An Uncivil War: The Southern Backcountry during the American Revolution. Edited by Ronald Hoffman, Thad W. Tate, and Peter J. Albert. Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1985.