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LITTLETON, MARTIN WILEY (1872–1934). Martin Wiley Littleton, lawyer and politician, son of Thomas W. and Hannah B. Littleton, was born on January 12, 1872, near Kingston, Tennessee. In 1883 the family moved to Parker County, Texas, where Littleton held a series of odd jobs and probably attended Weatherford College. He began to study law in the office of Samuel W. T. Lanham in 1890 and was admitted to the bar in 1891. He was assistant county attorney of Parker County until 1893 and prosecuting attorney of Dallas County from 1893 to 1896. After his marriage to Maude Wilson on December 1, 1896, he went to New York to practice law. He was counselor for the Republic of Cuba. From 1900 to 1904 he was district attorney of Kings County, New York, and in 1904–05 was president of the borough of Brooklyn. From 1910 to March 3, 1913, he represented the First New York District in the House of the Sixty-second Congress. He was a Democrat. He died on Long Island on December 20, 1934.


Biographical Directory of the American Congress, 1928. A History of Greater Dallas and Vicinity, Vol. 1., by Philip Lindsley; Vol. 2., Selected Biography and Memoirs, ed. L. B. Hill (Chicago: Lewis, 1909). Gustavus Adolphus Holland, History of Parker County and the Double Log Cabin (Weatherford, Texas: Herald, 1931; rpt. 1937). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.


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