On January 16, 1916, future Little Rock Mayor Martin Borchert was born in Stuttgart. After graduating high school he moved to Little Rock. During World War II, he served as a bomber. He started work at ACME Brick and spent 21 years there before engaging in other business interests. Among these businesses were Martin Borchert Co., ASCO Hardware, Detection Systems Inc. and Component Systems Inc. In 2005 he was inducted into the Arkansas Construction Hall of Fame.
Mayor Borchert was elected to the Little Rock City Board of Directors in 1964 and served from January 1965 through December 1968. He chose not to seek a second term. In 1967 and 1968 he served as Mayor of Little Rock. During this time, he laid out the vision for what has become Riverfront Park along the Arkansas River.
Other civic achievements included being a member of the Board of the Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, being on the Governor’s Citizens Advisory Committee, a member of the Pulaski County Quorum Court, vice chairman of the Arkansas Planning Commission, and being on the Little Rock Air Force Base Community Council. In 1967 he served on the President’s National Advisory Council to the Small Business Administration.
Mayor Borchert served on the Little Rock Water Commission, including a tenure as chairman. In 1985, he was chairman of the Metropolitan Transit Policy Board and as chairman oversaw the transfer of the Central Arkansas Transit system to the Central Arkansas Transit Authority. One of the achievements of which he was very proud of was that he was one of the very first in Arkansas to receive an Adopt the Highway road.
Mayor Borchert was married for 57 years to Rosemary “Biddy” Branch Borchert. They had two children, a son, John “Topper” Borchert and a daughter, Leslie Borchert Wilson. He died on May 11, 2007.