Camilo Martin, a prominent citizen of San Francisco, was born on the
Island of Cuba, in 1830. He received his education in Germany, and came to the
Pacific coast in 1850, soon after the gold discovery. Soon after his arrival
here he was employed in a mercantile house, and a few years later entered the
agency of the Rothschild banking house, where he remained until 1865, and in
that year engaged in the banking business with Governor Latham, establishing
the San Francisco Bank, Governor Latham being manager and Mr. Martin assistant
manager. He held this position fourteen years, when he resigned and engaged in
commercial pursuits. In 1854 he received the appointment of Spanish Consul, and
since then, for a period of thirty-seven years, he has held this position, and
is the eldest foreign representative in actual service on the Pacific coast.
For more than forty years Mr. Martin has been actively identified with the
progress and development of this city and State.
by Donna L. Becker
Bay of San Francisco," Vol. 1, pages 504-505, Lewis Publishing Co.,