Martin I. Townsend
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from New York's 17th district
March 4, 1875 – March 3, 1879
|Preceded by||Robert S. Hale|
|Succeeded by||Walter A. Wood|
|United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York|
|Preceded by||Richard Crowley|
|Succeeded by||Daniel N. Lockwood|
Martin Ingham Townsend
February 6, 1810
Hancock, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||March 8, 1903 (aged 93)|
Troy, New York, U.S.
Louisa B. Kellogg
(m. 1836; her death 1890)
|Relations||Henry Bradford Nason (son-in-law)|
|Children||Frances Kellogg Townsend|
|Alma mater||Williams College|
Martin Ingham Townsend (February 6, 1810 – March 8, 1903) was an American lawyer and politician from New York.
After his graduation from Williams, he studied law with David Dudley Field in Albany, and then moved to Troy to become a clerk in the law office his brother, Rufus M. Townsend. He was admitted to the bar the following year in 1836, and commenced practice as a partner with his brother, later known as the firms of Townsends & Browne, when Irving Browne joined, then Townsends & Roche when W.J. Roche joined, Townsend & Roche upon the retirement of his brother, and Townsend, Roche & Nason.
He was District Attorney of Rensselaer County from 1842 to 1845. He was a delegate to the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1867. In 1869, he ran on the Republican ticket for New York State Attorney General, but was defeated by the incumbent Democrat Marshall B. Champlain. He was a Regent of the University of the State of New York from 1873 to 1903.
Townsend was elected as a Republican to the 44th and 45th United States Congresses, and served from March 4, 1875 to March 3, 1879. He was United States Attorney for the Northern District of New York from 1879 to 1887. He retired from legal practice in 1901.
Townsend was affectionately called the "Gladstone of Troy" after William Ewart Gladstone, the British Prime Minister. He reportedly did not appreciate the nickname however due to Gladstone's support of the South during the U.S. Civil War.
- Frances Kellogg Townsend (b. 1841), who married professor Henry Bradford Nason (1842-1895), on September 7, 1864.
Townsend became gravely ill in December 1891, but recovered and lived for 12 more years. He died at his home in Troy, New York of bronchial pneumonia on March 8, 1903. He was buried at the Oakwood Cemetery in Troy.
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- Leonard, John William; Marquis, Albert Nelson (1901). Who's who in America. Marquis Who's Who. p. 1147. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
- Albany Law Journal. Weed, Parsons & Company. 1901. p. 87. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
- "The Police Justices Bill Changed and Passed Martin I. Townsend for Regent". The New York Times. 17 April 1873. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
- "NOT A TROY GLADSTONE.; The Venerable Martin I. Townsend Resented the Term". The New York Times. 23 May 1898. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
- Hopkins, Timothy (1903). The Kelloggs in the Old World and the New. Sunset Press and photo engraving Company. p. 1471. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
- Fairbanks, Mary J. Mason (1898). Emma Willard and Her Pupils: Or, Fifty Years of Troy Female Seminary, 1822-1872. Mrs. R. Sage. p. 194. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
- "Henry B. Nason collection, 1842-1895". archives.rpi.edu. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1887). Biographical Record of the Officers and Graduates of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1824-1886. W.H. Young. p. 150. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
- "Martin I. Townsend Dying". The New York Times. 28 December 1891. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
- United States Congress. "Martin I. Townsend (id: T000336)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Martin I. Townsend at Find a Grave
- Works by Martin I. Townsend at Project Gutenberg
- Works by or about Martin I. Townsend at Internet Archive
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Preceded by |
Robert S. Hale
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives |
from New York's 17th congressional district
Walter A. Wood