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Dependent upon its progressive citizens is the permanent advancement of any community and particularly of such as conserve the business interests of a prosperous farming region while at the same time serving their commonwealth as the seat of legislation. Lacking the natural advantages which give to some western cities popularity as beach resorts and to others prominence as ports of entry for the ships bearing the commerce of the world, the capital city of California nevertheless possesses its own claim to pre-eminence among the great towns west of the Rockies, and far from its least important claim is that of attracting to its commercial and financial leadership men of honor, ability and intelligence, men of intense loyalty to civic progress and displaying a patriotic spirit without which no community attains a lasting prosperity.

It is not too much to state that the identification of Fred LeRoy Martin has been helpful to the commercial and financial growth of Sacramento, with whose business enterprises he maintained a long association and to whose banking affairs he has devoted his attention more recently. A long residence in the capital city has given him broad ideas concerning its possibilities and an underlying assurance as to its future importance. Since the age of ten years he has made his home in Sacramento, hence his belief in local develop- ment is not the result of sentiments spasmodically formed, but of knowledge absorbed through close observation and personal experience. Of eastern lineage, he was born in Syracuse, N. Y., September 25, 1868, and at the age of ten years came to Sacramento in company with his mother.

The grammar and high schools of Sacramento, which then as now held a wide reputation for thoroughness of instruction, gave to Fred LeRoy Martin the advantages of an intimate acquaintance with the studies that form the basis of all true education. After he had completed the high school course he entered upon business affairs. At the age of seventeen years he became identified as a clerk with the firm of Thomson, Diggs & Co., wholesale dealers in hardware, and for twenty-one years he continued with the same company, meantime rising from a clerkship to a position of trust and responsibility. During the long period of his association with the hardware establishment he became prominent in civic enterprises and also founded a home of his own, his marriage April 29, 1902, uniting him with Miss Henrietta Schammel of San Francisco. The same period of business activity was interrupted by an active service of nine months as captain of the signal corps in the Spanish-American war, his position giving him charge of all the signal work along the Pacific coast.

The connection of Captain Martin with banking affairs in Sacramento began during the year 1909, when he was elected president of the Capital Banking and Trust Company, holding that position until it became a national bank. He now holds the position of assistant cashier of the California National bank. A sound, conservative policy, aloof from merely speculative ventures and guided by keen perceptive qualities, has been his chief characteristic as a banker and has given him the confidence of depositors demanding the utmost safety for their moneys. With business and financial matters demanding his entire time, he has not identified himself with public affairs nor has he enjoyed a leisure sufficient for active participation in politics, yet he has maintained a large circle of friends in every circle of society and has held prominent connection with the well-known Sutter club of Sacramento, also has engaged in fraternal work with the local lodge of Odd Fellows and is a leading member of the organization of Spanish-American War Veterans.

History of Sacramento County, California
Biographical Sketches of The Leading Men and Women of the County Who Have Been Identified With Its Growth and Development from the Early Days to the Present
History By: William L. Willis
Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California (1913)

Transcribed by Peggy Hooper 2011