Lewis Foster Montanye was born in New York City February 21, 1852, and died December 8, 1897. He attended the public schools and City College, and then entered his father's business (that of coffee and spice merchant). Becoming a member of the firm in 1881, he remained actively engaged in the business up to the time of his death. He was well known as a collector of coins and medals and was a member of the New York Numismatic and Archaeological Society. At one time he had a large collection. He took great delight in collecting paintings and rare books, and possessed a considerable library of American and foreign books and prints, also some beautiful examples of the book-binder's art. He died after an illness of a few weeks, leaving a widow and daughter.