Thomas H. Montgomery


THOMAS H. MONTGOMERY, of Toronto, an ex-sheriff of Jefferson county, was born in this county, October 25, 1843, a son of Hugh and Matilda (Shane) Montgomery, both of whom were natives of this county. His father was the son of John Montgomery, a native of Ireland, who came to Jefferson county among the early settlers, and was one of its earliest farmers. Hugh Montgomery was reared to the same vocation, which he followed until his death in 1863. By his marriage, to the daughter of John Shane, he was the father of seven sons and one daughter, of whom three survive. His wife died in 1883. Thomas H. Montgomery was well educated in common schools and in Richmond college, and was engaged in school teaching for three years. In 1869 he was elected sheriff of Jefferson county, and was re-elected and held the office until 1875, discharging its duties to the entire satisfaction of the public. In 1876 he came to Toronto, and became engaged in farming, which has since been his occupation. During the rebellion, Mr. Montgomery served two years and ten months in Company G, Fifty-second Ohio regiment, and participated in several engagements, among them eight important battles, and at the battle of Atlanta lost his left hand by a shot from the enemy. He has always taken a prominent part in politics as a republican, and has held several minor offices, besides that of sheriff. Widely known in that county, he is everywhere esteemed as a worthy and influential citizen. May 23, 1876 he was married to Keturah, daughter of Col. John and Mary McClelland, and they have three children: Mavourneen, William S. and Verna H. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and he is a comrade of the G. A. R.

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