Lowry Martin, 55th president, was a one-newspaper man. His first job was on the Corsicana Daily Sun in 1902 immediately following his graduation from Corsicana High School. He later became publisher.
Martin was born in San Antonio on Feb. 5, 1888. His family moved to Corsicana when he was young. In 1912 he married Lila Jester.
As president of Texas Press Association, Martin put on a vigorous membership campaign and enlarged and improved the Texas Press Messenger.
Martin instigated three special “Texas” trains that traveled as goodwill ambassadors to the East to advertise Texas and re-establish confidence in Texas bonds and securities — in 1929 the “All Texas Goodwill Tour,” in 1934 the “Texas Press Special” and in 1936 the “Texas Centennial Train.”
He served as governor of the Tenth District, Associated Advertising Clubs of the World, and was their Texas delegate to the 1924 world convention in London.
He was a past president of Texas Daily Press League. He also was a member of Southern Newspaper Publishers Association and the Advertising Federation of America.