Fred J. Martin, Jr., a 3rd generation Montanan, lives in San Francisco and is a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies in Berkeley, CA. Martin worked as a night-side reporter on The Denver Post while earning a BA in History at the University of Denver. His career included work for the Associated Press, The San Francisco Examiner, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and Bank of America, retiring in 1993 as Senior Vice President & Director of Government Relations. His lifelong interest in Abraham Lincoln was fueled by the study of history, government and politics, and working experience in journalism, political campaigns, politics, and governmental activities. His great-great uncle, General Thomas Ogden Osborn, with a bullet-shattered elbow, took leave from the Union army and campaigned for Lincoln’s reelection, returning to active duty, he was awarded a brevet major general rank at thirty-two.
Martin devoted the last twenty years to Lincoln research at the Library of Congress, the National Archives, state historical societies, archives, and libraries across the nation. He acquired an extensive library of Lincoln and Civil War books and history. He served two terms as President of The Abraham Lincoln Institute, Washington, DC.