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Montague, John J. K.

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Montague, John J. K.
March 05, 2007 06:28PM
HISTORY OF KENTUCKY AND KENTUCKIANS, E. Polk Johnson, three volumes,
Lewis Publishing Co., New York & Chicago, 1912. Common version, Vol. III,
pp. 1303-04. Boyd County.

JOHN J. K. MONTAGUE. It is especially fitting that in a work giving the
history of the men of the state and of many cities of the state, that
the chief executive of one of those cities should have especial mention,
and with that view it is with pleasure that the name of John J. K.
Montague, the mayor of Catlettsburg, is presented to the readers of these
biographies as a man who has met with creditable success in politics,
business, social life and finances. A short resume of his life will be
appropriate and meet with the approval of his friends.
John J. K. Montague was born in Dover, Mason county, Kentucky, on
May 4, 1849, the son of William W. and Mary S. (Watson) Montague, natives
of Cumberland county, Virginia, where they were reared, and they were
married in Brown county, Ohio, in which place they resided a short time,
next removing to Mason county, Kentucky, in 1837. The father was a
dealer in carpentry. In 1850 he located near Catlettsburg, where he
operated a small country store for several years and in 1870 was elected
jailer of Boyd county, locating in Catlettsburg that same year, and
helped the office for four years. He died in Catlettsburg in 1886, at
the age of eighty-four years. When a young man he was captain of a
militia company for several years, but was never in active service, and
was always known as captain and recognized as one of the best drill
masters in this section. During the Civil war the Captain's sympathies
were with the southern cause, but he opposed secession. He was a member
of the Christian church, as was also his wife, who died at the age of
eighty-four in 1898. They were the parents of eight children, three of
whom are dead, the subject of this sketch being the seventh in order
of birth.
John J. K. Montague was reared in Boyd county, Kentucky, receiving
his preliminary literary education in the public school and later
attending Powell Academy. When a young man he began the study of law
in Judge G. N. Brown's office, Catlettsburg, and was admitted to
practice in 1873. He opened an office in Catlettsburg and has been in
active practice ever since. Mr. Montague is a member of the Kentucky
State Bar Association. In politics he is a Democrat and an active
worker for the party, for many years the chairman of the County
Committee. He was county attorney for two terms, from 1882-1890, and in
1893 was appointed postmaster under President Cleveland and served four
and one-half years. In November, 1897, Mr. Montague was elected mayor
and served one term of four years, and in 1909 was again elected to that
office, without opposition, for another term of four years.
Mr. Montague is a Mason, belonging to the Blue Lodge and Royal Arch
Chapter. In 1885, April 21st, he was married to Virginia A. Williams,
a native of Missouri, reared and educated in Boyd county, Kentucky, a
daughter of the late Samuel P. Williams, of an old Kentucky family. They
are the parents of three daughters: John Immogene, Mary Mercedes and
Grace Anna, the latter a graduate of Oxford College, Oxford, Ohio. Mary
M. married Dr. W. S. Gilmer of Pulaski, Virginia. Mrs. Gilmer formerly
taught music at Russell College, Lebanon, Virginia, having received a
thoroughmusical education at Converse College, Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Mr. Montague is a member of the Christian church.
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