DR. L. J. MARTEL was born November 21, 1850, in St. Hyacinthe, Province of Quebec,
Canada. He received his education in the college of his native city, and in May, 1873, he graduated from Victoria
Medical College of Montreal, being, during the last year of the course, President of the Medical Institute, an
association comprising all the medical students of Montreal.
Doctor Martel came to Lewiston, Me., in December, 1873, and has since resided in that city. where he has achieved
marked success in his profession.
Almost immediately after his arrival in the State, he began to work to naturalize his fellowcountrymen who came
here, and who until then had never taken much interest in politics. With some other distinguished men of his nationality
in other States, he organized State and General Conventions of the French-Canadians, being elected First Vice-President
of the General Convention held in Rutland, Vt., in 1886, and President of the Convention at Nashua, N. H., which
was attended by over two hundred members from all over the States. Dr. L. J. Martel was also elected, at this convention,
President of the French-Canadian Alliance of the United States.
He established, in 1880, Le Messager, a paper printed in the French language and in the interests of the French
population of the United States.
Doctor Martel, who is a Democrat in politics, was elected to the Legislature from Lewiston in 1884, and has been
an Alderman for three years, being President of the Board for the last two years. He was a candidate for Mayor
of the city in 1893 and received a large support, though failing to be elected.
In the summer of 1893 he made quite an extended trip to Europe, having been chosen as General Delegate for the
United States of the Alliance Francaise, a society composed of the foremost men of France for the purpose of the
propagation of the French language through the world. On his return home the French societies turned out en massc
to receive the doctor, and a most cordial reception was given him by his neighbors and friends. The Democrats of
Lewiston also tendered him a banquet, which was largely attended by representative Democrats of Maine.
Doctor Martel has been one of the founders of the hospital of the Sisters of Charity, and of established societies
for the benefit of the poor and needy in Lewiston.