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Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel Martin L. Bundy, U.S.V.

Brevet Lieutenant-Colonel Martin L. Bundy was born November 11, 1818, in Randolph County, North Carolina, of Revolutionary ancestors, his grandfather having served during the war in the Continental army of patriots. The family removed the following year to the then recently-organized State of Indiana and settled in Henry County, adjoining Newcastle, the county-seat, where the subject of this sketch received his education in the common schools and at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. He studied law with judge Elliott, was admitted to the bar, and practiced his profession successfully. He married the sister of his law-preceptor, Amanda Elliott, and a large family were born to them, of whom his oldest son, Eugene, is now the judge of the judicial circuit, and his youngest son, Omar, having graduated at the Military Academy of West Point, is now an officer of the Third U. S. Infantry, having chosen the army instead of civil life.

Colonel Bundy served the public as county treasurer from 1844 to 1847, and the following year he was chosen a member of the State Legislature, serving his constituents acceptably. In 1852 he was elected judge of the Court of Common Pleas, and served as such for eight years. At the expiration of his judicial term he was again sent to the Legislature in 1860, and gave efficient aid in raising the Indiana troops, which became so conspicuous during the Civil War under the patronage of that great war-governor, O. P. Morton.

He was made a paymaster of the army in August, 1861, unexpectedly and without his solicitation, and immediately entered upon the duties in the Department of Missouri, of which General Fremont was then in command. He served as ordered in different departments with so much satisfaction that, on changing his station, the paymaster-general wrote as follows: " The efficiency and intelligence with which you have performed all your duties cause the deepest regret at being compelled to part with you." After a service of nearly five years he retired in the spring of 1866, though advised that he could remain if he desired.

He was a member of the National Republican Convention of 1856 which nominated John C. Fremont for President of the United States, as well as the convention of 1872, which met in Philadelphia and re-nominated General Grant for President.

At the close of the war of the Rebellion a commission as brevet lieutenant-colonel was sent him for " meritorious services during the war;" after which he engaged in banking, and was successful. He was for several years examiner of national banks under the Treasury Department, and contributed much towards keeping them in the line of duty. He has now disposed of all his interest in banks, and is giving his attention to farming, and is endeavoring to live that " ideal life" which all commend but few attain. He is now in the "sere and yellow leaf of age, but takes a deep interest in current events. It was Goethe who said, in speaking of age, " Orange and red are the evidences of maturity and ripeness, not of decay and decomposition."

Source: Officers of the Volunteer Army and Navy who served in the Civil War, published by L.R. Hamersly & Co., 1893, 419 pgs.

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