Martin B. Madden

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Martin B. Madden
Martin Barnaby Madden in 1918.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1905 – April 27, 1928
Preceded byMartin Emerich
Succeeded byOscar S. De Priest
Personal details
Born(1855-03-21)March 21, 1855
Wolviston, County Durham, England
DiedApril 27, 1928(1928-04-27) (aged 73)
Washington, D.C.
Political partyRepublican

Martin Barnaby Madden (March 21, 1855 – April 27, 1928) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.


Born in Wolviston, County Durham, England, Madden immigrated to the United States with his parents, who were born in Ireland, and settled near Chicago, Illinois in 1869. He attended public school in Chicago and graduated from Bryant and Stratton Business College in 1873. He also graduated from an engineering trade school.

Stratton served as president of the Quarry Owners' Association of the United States 1885–1889. He served as vice president and director of the Builders and Traders' Exchange of Chicago in 1886 and 1887. He served as a member of the Chicago City Council 1889–1897. He served as presiding officer of that body 1891–1893 and chairman of the finance committee for seven years. He served as chairman of the Republican Committee of Chicago 1890–1896. He served as president of the Western Stone Co. 1895–1915. He served as a director of the Metropolitan Trust & Savings Bank of Chicago 1895–1910. He served as a delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1896, 1900, 1912, 1916 and 1924. He was an unsuccessful candidate for election in 1902 to the Fifty-eighth Congress.

Madden was elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth and to the eleven succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1905 until his death. He served as chairman of the Committee on Appropriations (Sixty-eighth through Seventieth Congresses).

After having been nominated for reelection to the Seventy-first Congress, he died in 1928 at age 73 in the Committee on Appropriations meeting room of the House of Representatives in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.. He was buried at Fairview Cemetery, near Hinsdale, Illinois, as was his wife Josephine six years later; today, Fairview Cemetery is known as Cass Cemetery, located in incorporated Darien, Illinois.[1][2][3]


In 1935, the Madden Dam on the Chagres River in the Panama Canal water system was named after him, as was the reservoir behind it, Madden Lake, now known as Lake Alajuela.[4]

See also[edit]


  • United States Congress. "Martin B. Madden (id: M000038)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  1. ^ Personal communication with Everett Andrus, Cemetery Proprietor, 2011-08-12
  2. ^ "Find-A-Grave, page for Martin B. Madden". Retrieved 2012-10-13.
  3. ^ "Find-A-Grave, page for Josephine Smart Madden". Retrieved 2012-10-13.
  4. ^ "Chagres River". Encyclopædia Britannica. Retrieved 2011-12-18.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Martin Emerich
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Oscar S. De Priest

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website