Walter Curry Montgomery Biography

Captain Walter Curry Montgomery

In his professional, civic and military achievements Captain Walter Curry Montgomery, who has conducted a highly successful legal practice in his native city of Waynesburg for more than thirty years, is perpetuating the illustrious traditions of his forebears, long prominent in the history of this section of the State.

Captain Montgomery was born in Waynesburg, September 5, 1879, the son of Thomas Hoge Montgomery grandson of Hugh Montgomery, and great-grandson of Michael Montgomer, who was the founder of the family in Greene County, where he settled in 1805 and built the Morgan Township homestead. After a general education in the public schools, Captain Montgomery entered Waynesburg College, from which he was graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1903. Determined to pursue a legal career he matriculated in the lwa department of the University of Pennsylvania and was awared the degree of Bachelor of Laws from this institution in 1906. The same year he was admitted to the bar and began to practice in the office of the Hon. Thomas S. Crago in Waynesburg, becoming his partner in 1908 and continuing in this capacity until Mr. Crago passed away on September 12, 1925. Since that time, Mr. Montgomery has practiced independently under his own name. He is admitted to practice before all the State and United States courts, including the United States Supreme Court. His career has been marked for its efficiency and thoroughness, factors that have served to gain him a large and lucrative clientele.

In conjunction with his professional accomplishments he has also won distinction and popularity as a public-spirited citizen, contributing generously and usefully to the advancement and general welfare of his community. In a business capacity he is a member of the board of directors of the First National Bank of Carmichaels, and belongs to the Waynesburg Chamber of Commerce which he headed as president in 1932. He is acting president of the board of trustees of Waynesburg College, and a fromer member of the local board of education. He belongs to the Greene County Country Cluband is a member of Pittsburgh Consistory of the Masoic Order in which he holds a Thirty-second Degree, is Past Master of Waynesburg Lodge, No. 153, Free and Accepted Masons, and is affiliated with Syria Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, of Pittsburgh. He is also a member and Past Exalted Ruler of Waynesburg Lodge, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Past Chancellor Commander of the Knights of Pythias, and belongs to the local post of the American Legion.

His record in military affairs dates back to 1901, when he enlisted in Company K, 10th Regiment , National Guard of Pennsylvania. During the next fifteen years he rose through the ranks and in 1916, when he served on the Mexican border for three months, held the commission of captain. Directly after the United States entered the World War he was mustered into the Federal Army, retaining his commission. At this time his company became part of the 110th Infantry Regiment, and was sent to France with that unit. Once overseas, Captain Montgomery was transferred to the general staff of the 2d Army Corps of the American Expeditionary Forces, continuing in this capacity as assistant G-3 until February, 1919, when he returned to the United States and was honorably discharged.

On June 25, 1908, Mr. Montgomery married Grace F. Sayers, daughter of Thomas W. and Jane (Fordyce) Sayers, of Waynesburg, and a graduate of Waynesburg College, class of 1903. Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery are the parents of four children: 1. Virginia Gordon, who is a graduate of Goucher College. 2. Thomas Fordyce, who is a graduate of Waynesburg College and Lehigh University. 3. Walter Curry, Jr. 4. Hugh Garard.

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Annals of Southwestern Pennsylvania, by Lewis Clark Walkinshaw (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co., c. 1939), volume 4, page 230.

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