Martin Methodist College is named after Thomas Martin, who originally intended to construct a school for girls in Giles County. He financed the project through a gift of $ 30,000 in his will of 1870. His legacy was the fulfillment of the dream of his daughter Victoria, who before her death at age twenty asked her father to set up such an institution.
Thomas Martin, son of a Methodist minister, was born in 1799 and moved to Pulaski Tennessee, as a young man. Unusual business acumen and knowledge of the industry soon made him a millionaire. He was a friend of President James K Polk from nearvy Columbia, Tennessee.