Joseph W. Martin, Jr

February 3, 2010 at 12:21 am | Posted in Historical, politics straight up | Leave a comment
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Rep. Joseph W. Martin, Jr., House Minority Leader, 1939 February 18. (Library of Congress)

Mr. Martin is notable for having been House Minority Leader twice, from 1947 to 1949 and from 1953 to 1955. While opposing President Franklin Roosevelt’s “internationalist outlook on foreign affairs,” he supported those same policies under President Eisenhower.

Go figure. He was a Republican.

Uncharacteristically for a Republican, however, he supported Roosevelt’s push for a national minimum wage law. Then again, he was from Massachusetts.


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