Martin Christian Herman (1841-1896)

Martin Christian Herman, 1870

Martin Herman was born on February 14, 1841 on the farm his German immigrant great-grandfather had cleared in 1771 near New Kingston, Pennsylvania. He was one of the six children of Martin and Elizabeth Wolford Herman. He prepared for college at the York County Academy under George Ruby and entered the class of 1862 at Dickinson College in September 1858. His brother, David Herman, was a member of the class of 1865. While at the College, Martin was a member of Phi Kappa Psi and active in the Belles Lettres Society, for whom he was chosen to deliver the 76th anniversary oration in 1862; he also received the Silver Junior Prize Medal for oratory the year before. He graduated with his class and entered the study of law with William Miller of Carlisle.

Herman was called to the Cumberland County bar in January 1864 and opened a practice in Carlisle. While still in his thirties, he was elected as the president judge of the Ninth Judicial District of Pennsylvania taking office in January 1874 and serving till 1884. After this he continued his lucrative practice in Carlisle.

Martin Herman married Josie Adair of Carlisle on June 5, 1873 and the couple had four children. He also served a term on the board of trustees of Dickinson from 1877 to 1878. In late 1895 he suffered a stroke while in court and died at home in Carlisle after a lingering illness on January 18, 1896. He was fifty-five years old.

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