Deserved Tribute to S. A. Montgomery

The New Orleans Times-Picayune of December 13 has the following concerning Mr. S. A. Montgomery, formerly of Covington, whose death occurred in that city December 12:

Following illness of several months Samuel A. Montgomery, one of the best known lawyers of New Orleans and the state, died early yesterday at has hime [sic], 7926 Elm street.

Funeral services were held at the family residence at 4 p.m. yesterday, Rev. W. L. Duren, pastor of the Rayne Memorial Church, where Mr. Montgomery and his family worshipped, officiating.

The body was taken to Hearne, Texas, at 9 p.m. last night for interment in the family burial plot. Funeral services and interment will. Be held in Hearne at 4 o’clock this afternoon.

Mr. Montgomery had been prominent in legal and political circles of New Orleans and the state for more than a quarter of a century, following his removal to the city from Covington, Tenn., his birthplace. He has also been prominent in affairs of the Methodist Epicopal [sic] church, in which he and his family held membership.

Aligning himself with reform forces of the state and city, Mr. Montgomery repeatedly was offered public offices, but contented himself with only minor awards.

Mr. Montgomery was named first assistant district attorney for New Orleans following Gov. Newton C. Blanchard’s election. He was appointed registrar of voters by Gov. Hall and at the time of his death was president of the new court building. Aside from these offices he never held public place, despite the fact that several judgeships were offered him, according to those high in political circles.

Mr. Montgomery was educated in the public schools of his native state. He taught school and then entered the service of the United States Treasury Department. He was transferred to New Orleans in this connection in the late nieties [sic], and had resided here continually since.

He studied law in his spare hours at Tulane University and developed a large practice in the city. Mr. Montgomery was of an unselfish disposition, according to those close to him, and it was frequently said of him that he had almost as large a practice of charitable cases from which he received no retainer as he did of those paying big fees. He was a director of the Legal Aid Society, which rendered services to those unable to pay for them.  (The Covington Leader, Dec. 20, 1922)