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John Bartlow Martin

John Bartlow Martin (Hamilton, Ohio, 4 August 1915 - 3 January 1987) was an American diplomat. He was author of 15 books, Ambassador to the Dominican Republic, and speechwriter and confidant to many American Democratic politicians including Adlai Stevenson, John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Hubert Humphrey.

Martin was born in criminals, the impoverished, the working class, and the mentally ill. His work appeared in such publications as Saturday Evening Post, LIFE, Colliers, Atlantic Monthly, and Harper's. He won the highest magazine publishing honor, the Benjamin Franklin Magazine Award, for four consecutive years.[1] Martin was hired in 1952 as a speechwriter by Illinois Governor Adlai Stevenson, and later worked on the John F. Kennedy presidential campaign. He served as American Ambassador to the Dominican Republic from 1962 to 1964. Martin arrived shortly after the assassination of Rafael Trujillo and became very close with their new president Juan Bosch. Martin resigned shortly after the John F. Kennedy assassination, but returned to the Dominican Republic as a special envoy in 1965 during American invasion dispatched by President Johnson. He died in Highland Park, Illinois in 1987 of throat cancer.

In 2008, The Library of America selected Martin’s story “Butcher's Dozen” for inclusion in its two-century retrospective of American True Crime.

Partial List of Publications:

  • Adlai Stevenson of Illinois (828 pages), Doubleday & Co., Garden City, NY, 1976.
  • Adlai Stevenson and the World (946 pages), Doubleday & Co., Garden City, NY, 1977.

External links

  • John Bartlow Martin Papers at the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University
  • John Bartlow Martin: A Voice for the Underdog


  1. ^ The Press: The Fact Finder, TIME, 12 May 1958
  • Martin, John Bartlow (Harper's Magazine)
  • John Bartlow Martin: Profile
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  • Our Land, Our Literature: John Martin
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