Thomas Paul Martin, M. D. Taos County, New Mexico

Thomas Paul Martin, M. D., of Taos, is a man whose influence, both professional and social, has been felt in New Mexico, where he has resided for the past seventeen years. Dr. Martin was born in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. October 31, 1864. He received a high school education, to which he added a course in the State Normal School of Pennsylvania, and he prepared himself for the practice of medicine in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Baltimore, where he graduated in 1886. The following year he took a post-graduate course in the Medical Department of Johns Hopkins University. He spent two and a half years in Mercy Hospital, Pittsburg, and a year and four months in the Baltimore City Hospital. Thus equipped for his life work, he came to New Mexico in 1890 and located at Taos, where he soon gained recognition and a following among the best people of the locality, and built up a practice that extends over a wide Territory. He is physician for the pueblos and United States examining surgeon, and for eight years was a member of the Territorial Board of Health. To him belongs the distinction of having helped to organize the first medical society in New Mexico. Also, he was instrumental in securing for the Territory its first medical legislation.

Deeply interested in the people, the conditions and the history of New Mexico, Dr. Martin has found here material which he has woven into numerous articles, Indian love stories, etc., which have appeared in various periodicals.

He is a charter member of Santa Fe Lodge, No. 460, B. P. O. E., and in Masonry he has advanced to the thirty-second degree. His Masonic membership includes the following: Cumberland Valley Lodge, No. 315, Pennsylvania; Santa Fe Lodge of Perfection, No. 1; Mackey Chapter of Rose Croix, No. 1; Denver Council of Kadosh, No. 1; Colorado Consistory, No. 1; Ballut Abyad Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. And at this writing he is deputy for all Masonic bodies in the northern counties of New Mexico. Politically he is a Republican.

Dr. Martin has a wife and one son, Jack. Mrs. Martin, formerly Miss Janet Wilson, is a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, and a daughter of the Rev. Edward Nelson Wilson, a Presbyterian minister of British Columbia.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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