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William M. Martin

The Honourable William Melville Martin

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1922 - 1941   Justice of the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan
1941 - 1961   Chief Justice of Saskatchewan

William M. Martin was born in 1876 in Norwich, Ontario. He attended the University of Toronto, graduating in 1898 with an honours degree in classics. Mr. Martin then attended the Ontario School of Pedagogy, where he obtained a teacher’s certificate. After teaching for two years, he returned to the University of Toronto to study law.

In 1903 Mr. Martin moved to Regina and established a law practice with his cousin, James Balfour.  In 1908, at the age of 32, he was elected Member of Parliament for the newly created riding of Regina. He served in this position until 1916, when he resigned his seat to enter provincial politics. He was elected to the Legislative Assembly in a by-election in 1916 and became the second premier of Saskatchewan. In addition to his duties as premier, he also served at times as Minister of Education and as Attorney General.

He served as premier until 1922, when he resigned to accept an appointment to the Court of Appeal. In 1941 Justice Martin was appointed Chief Justice of Saskatchewan. He served in this position until 1961, when he was required to retire due to the passage of legislation stipulating that judges must retire at the age of 75.

During WWII, Chief Justice Martin served as custodian of Enemy Alien Property in Canada, and in 1949 he served as chairman of a commission assigned the task of revising the Criminal Code.

The Honourable William M. Martin passed away in 1969. Martin Collegiate in Regina was named in his honour.

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