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Greenville in Hunt County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Benjamin D. Martin

(Feb. 21, 1823 - Mar. 28, 1891)

 
 
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By Jesse Nelsen, January 2, 2021
1. Benjamin D. Martin Marker
Inscription.  

Came to Texas from Virginia and settled in Hunt County in 1850s. In Confederate army, organized Texas Sharpshooters, called "Ben Martin's Company." First mayor of Greenville (present regime), 1873; helped draft Texas Constitution, 1875; state senator, 1876-1878; and Greenville mayor again, 1884. He rendered outstanding public service in a long career. Married Elizabeth Caroline Dickenson in 1845. They had six children.
 
Erected 1968 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 7816.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWar, US Civil.
 
Location. 33° 8.115′ N, 96° 5.944′ W. Marker is in Greenville, Texas, in Hunt County. Marker can be reached from Moulton Street north of Marshall Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Greenville TX 75401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lallie P. Carlisle (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fred Douglass Elementary School (approx. 0.2 miles away); Greenville Cotton Compress
Benjamin D. Martin Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jesse Nelsen, January 2, 2021
2. Benjamin D. Martin Marker
(approx. 0.3 miles away); Mary Jim Morris (approx. 0.3 miles away); Gen. Hal C. Horton Home (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of Phillips Field/Majors Stadium (approx. 0.4 miles away); Hunt County (approx. half a mile away); The Seven Courthouses of Hunt County (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greenville.
 
Regarding Benjamin D. Martin. The current marker does not appear to be the original Texas State Historical Survey Committee marker. The current marker has slightly different text and was placed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. The text shown here in this entry is from the THC records at https://atlas.thc.texas.gov/.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 4, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 2, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. This page has been viewed 34 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 2, 2021, by Jesse Nelsen of Farmersville, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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