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Albert E. Martel was an American government official who served as a Boston police officer, member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, and deputy collector for the United States Customs Service.[1]

Early life

Martel was born and raised in Berlin, New Hampshire. He attended local schools in Berlin and Suffolk University Law School in Massachusetts. During World War I, Martel served in the United States Navy.[1] On April 13, 1920, he was hired by the Boston Police Department.[2] He worked as a patrolman out of the Dudley Street station. In 1926, Martel was fired for neglect of duty and conduct unbecoming of an officer.[3] He returned to Berlin, where he served as Commander of the White Mountain Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.[4]

New Hampshire House of Representatives

In 1933, Martel was elected to a two-year term in the New Hampshire House of Representatives.[1] He represented Ward 4 of Berlin and was a member of the Republican Party.[5] As a member of the House, Martel supported legislation to create licensing requirements for barbers and increase the mileage allowances for members of the House.[6][7]

United States Customs Service

In 1942, Martel was appointed to a position with the United States Customs Service in Boston. In 1947 he was named Deputy Collector of Customs in charge of the Port of Gloucester, Massachusetts. During his tenure in Gloucester, the port became the largest importer of fish in the United States, with more than 300 ships arriving yearly.[8] In 1959, the port collected a record $1.5 million in customs duties.[9] Martel retired from the Customs Service on December 21, 1963.[10]

Later life and death

After retiring, Martel remained in Gloucester. He died on November 6, 1965. He was survived by his wife, five sons, and one daughter.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Albert E. Martel, 68, Retired Customs Official". The Boston Globe. November 7, 1965. 
  2. Officials and Employees of the City of Boston and the County of Suffolk with Their Residences, Compensation, etc. 1921. Boston: City of Boston Printing Department. 1921. p. 154. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  3. "Dismissal of Patrolman Albert E. Martel Upheld". The Boston Daily Globe. November 7, 1926. 
  4. "Berlin Man Receives V.F.W. Post". The Coos Guardian. July 5, 1934. 
  5. Laws of the State of New Hampshire. 1935. Retrieved March 23, 2015. 
  6. "Many Favor Barbers' Licensing Measure". The Portsmouth Herald. February 1, 1935. 
  7. "Members Ask More Money in Mileage Fee". The Portsmouth Herald. May 1, 1935. 
  8. "Gloucester Shifts from Fish Supplier to Importer". The New York Times. December 24, 1960. 
  9. "New Record for Duties". Fishing Gazette. Fishing Gazette Publishing Corporation. 1959. 
  10. "Along the North Shore". The Boston Globe. November 10, 1963. 

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