[ This article was excerpted from the book "Progressive Men of the State of Montana"]
Among those intimately identified with that great productive industry which gave Montana prestige and through which her magnificent development has been conserved — her mining enterprises — is Martin Buckley, now in charge of the Kenwood mine, located in the attractive suburb of the capital city from which the mine derives its title. Mr. Buckley claims the grand old Empire state as the place of his nativity, since he was born in Essex county, N. Y., on March 6, 1860, the third of the seven children of John and Mary (Russell) Buckley, natives respectively of Ireland and the state of New York.
John Buckley accompanied his parents to America about the year 1820, settling in the state of New York. He was a miner by occupation for many years and was employed as mine superintendent, but during the later years of his life he devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits.
Martin Buckley was educated in the public schools of his native state and early became identified with the mining industry, securing employment at the iron mines at Palmer Hill, in Essex county, N. Y. In 1871 he removed to the Lake Superior mining district in the upper peninsula of Michigan, where he remained several years in the copper mines, removing thence to Leadville, Colo., and was there identified with mining for some years.
He has followed mining almost continually from his boyhood days. Mr. Buckley was located in Utah, then at Salmon City, Idaho, where he held the position of superintendent of the Blackbird group of mines, and from that place went to Butte in 1899, maintaining his residence in the Montana metropolis for a number of years, within which time he was superintendent, foreman and shift boss at many different mines. Under his direction the first set of timbers were installed in the shaft of the Green Mountain mine; while in the employ of the Anaconda Company he had charge of a larger corps of workmen than any other superintendent ever retained by that corporation. Later he becameidentified with the Clark and Heinze interests.
From 1893 until 1896 he had charge of the Hope mine, at Basin, Jefferson county, and in December. 1900, he moved to Helena to assume the superintendencyof the Kenwood mine, with which he is now identified.
Mr. Buckley has devoted his life to mining, and is thoroughly familiar with all practical details of this industry. He has shown himself an able executive and has ever had the confidence and esteem of those by whom he has been employed and the respect of the men working under his direction.
In politics he is ever active in the cause of the Democratic party, taking a deep and intelligent interest in the questions and issues of the day, but always independent in thought and action. In 1897 he was elected to represent Jefferson county in the lower house of the legislature, of which body he was an active and valuable working member.
Fraternally he is identified with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks, or the "best people on earth," as the initials have been generally interpreted by some appreciative member of the order, and while a resident of Butte was a member of the Parnell Rifles. He finds his chief diversion in athletic sports and frequent excursions with rod and gun, being an enthusiastic sportsman and a man of unfailing geniality, his personality being such as to win the friendship of those with whom he comes in contact in a businessor social way.
In 1882, Mr. Buckley was united in marriage to Miss Mary Mangan, who was born in Michigan, and of their sevui children three are living, namely : James H. Buckley, Leo M. Buckley and Olive B. Buckley.