Biography of Richard W. Montague
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Richard Ward Montague of Portland, who has been a member of the Oregon bar since 1890 and is widely known as a successful representative of the profession and as a valuable contributor to its literature, was born February 11, 1862, in Charles City, Iowa. Liberal educational opportunities were accorded him, and following his graduation from the State University of Iowa with the degree of Bachelor of Philosophy in 1883, he entered the law department of the same institution and there won his LL. B. degree. In June 1884, he was admitted to practice at the Iowa bar and soon afterward went to New York city, where he remained for several years. In 1890 he arrived in Oregon and opened a law office in Portland, where he has since continued. He was not long in gaining a large clientage and his practice has ever been of a distinctively representative character. While his clientage has included some of the leading business men and corporations of the city, he has also become well known through his contributions to the literature of the profession. He assisted the Hon. William P. Lord in the compilation of Lord's Oregon Laws and he has been a member of the editorial council of the National Municipal Review. He is the author of articles which have appeared in that publication, also in the California Law Review and other periodicals. He also prepared the digest of the Oregon reports which has since been in general use.

Mr. Montague is one of the recognized leaders of the democratic party in Oregon and was secretary of the democratic state central committee which conducted the campaign of George E. Chamberlain, candidate for governor, in 1902. He was likewise made chairman of the democratic city campaign committee which conducted the campaigns of Harry Lane for mayor in 1905 and 1907. He was again made committee chairman of the democratic forces in support of Woodrow Wilson at the Oregon primaries in 1912 and in the same year was himself a candidate for the position of state senator and in 1916 again received the nomination of his party for that office.

Mr. Montague has done important public service for Portland, the worth of his labors being recognized by all. He was a member of the first charter commission of the city from 1901 until 1903 and also served on the charter commissions in 1909, 1911 and 1913, the last being the commission that presented the present city charter to Portland that was adopted by the people. He was honored by his fellow members of the profession in 1908 by election to the presidency of the Oregon Bar Association and has been the vice president of the Portland Library Association. In June, 1919, the University of Oregon conferred upon him the honorary degree of Master of Arts in Public Service. With America's advent into the World war he took active part in supporting the interests of the government and was examiner of the Shipbuilding Labor Adjustment Board for the Portland district. His life has ever been actuated by high purposes and ideals and his efforts have been far reaching, resultant and beneficial.

From:
History of Oregon Illistrated
Vol. 3
BY: Charles H. Carney
The Pioneer Historical Publishing Company
Chicago - Portland 1922


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