Wade O. Martin, Jr.

Politician

1911 – 1990

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Who was Wade O. Martin, Jr.?

Wade Omer Martin, Jr. was the Democratic Secretary of State of Louisiana under five governors, having served from 1944 to 1976. Though originally part of the Long faction, Martin quarreled with Governor Earl Kemp Long during Long's third term in office, and Long relieved Martin of nearly all of his powers as secretary of state.

After having considered a gubernatorial bid on several occasions, Martin finally ran for governor in 1975, when, at sixty-six, he was overshadowed by the popular incumbent, Democrat Edwin Washington Edwards, who easily secured a second term. In retirement, the conservative Martin, thereafter firmly anti-Long, switched his party affiliation in 1979 to Republican to support David C. Treen for governor and Ronald W. Reagan for president.

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Born
Apr 18, 1911
Arnaudville
Also known as
  • Wade Martin, Jr.
Parents
Religion
  • Catholicism
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Louisiana State University
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Lived in
  • Louisiana
Died
Aug 6, 1990
Baton Rouge

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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