Biographical history of northeastern Ohio, embracing the counties of Ashtabula, Trumball and Mahoning Counties    Published 1893

20 Oct 1815 - unknown

The Honorable Robert Morris Montgomery one of the oldest and most esteemed citizens of Youngstown, was born at Warren, Ohio, October 20, 1815. His father, Robert Montgomery, a native of Pennsylvania, was a son of William Montgomery, of Scotch-Irish lineage. The latter lived for many years in Chester county, Pennsylvania, took an active part in the American Revolution, and served as Surveyor General for the State of Pennsylvania. Robert Montgomery, his son, was reared in that State, and when a young man came to Ohio. He located at that part of Poland now known as Struthers, Mahoning (then Trumbull) County, where in 1805 he built an iron furnace and operated the same until about 1812. He afterward followed farming, in which his interests grew large and important. Mr. Montgomery died in Pennsylvania in 1859. He was twice married, and by his first wife there was but one child, a daughter. He married for a second wife Mrs. Louise Maria (Morris) Edwards, widow of Colonel John Stark Edwards. To this union were born two daughters and one son; one daughter and the son still survive.

Robert M. Montgomery, the subject of this memoir, removed with his parents when a child to a farm just east of Youngstown, Ohio, where he was inured to farm labor, and was given a fair education. He has always devoted his attention to the vocation of farming, in which he has been very successful. As a wool-grower he has also met with good success, was instrumental in promulgating the measures providing for the wool tariff of 1867, and for years no man has been better informed on the subject of wool and wool-growing. In an early day Mr. Montgomery took an active part in politics, having cast his first presidential vote for Andrew Jackson, and was a bold and aggressive anti-slavery man. In 1862-63 he served in the Lower House of the Legislature, and in 1867 visited Washington, District of Columbia, where he was instrumental in securing the placing of a tariff on wool.

Mr. Montgomery was married at the age of twenty-two years, to Miss Nancy Higgins Wolcott, a native of Trumbull county, Ohio. Her father, Lewis Wolcott, was born in Connecticut, of Scotch descent. He came to Trumbull County, Ohio, in 1808. Our subject and wife have two children: Lewis Wolcott, a farmer of Toungstown; and Mary Correy, wife of T. S. McKinley, also a resident of this city. Mr. and Mrs. Montgomery have been active members of the Presbyterian Church for a number of years.