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MARTIEN, William Stockton, publisher, born 20 June, 1798; died in Philadelphia, 16 April, 1861. He was of Huguenot descent, and received a careful religious training. From 1828 till 1834 he was engaged in business in Philadelphia with James Russell. In 1830, in connection with others, he began the publication of the "Presbyterian," and remained its publisher and principal owner until his death. In 1833 he undertook the publication of religious books, and as a member of the board of publication of the Presbyterian church he issued many standard works. He also served on the executive committee of the board of domestic missions. In 1846 he was elected and ordained a ruling elder, which office he filled during the remainder of his life. Mr. Martien favored the largest liberality in church work, and was accustomed to declare that when an application was made to a Christian from any worthy source. "a favor was conferred upon him who was asked to give, and not upon him who was to receive."
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