Walter Alexander Montgomery

Associate Justice - NC Supreme Court

Date Born: February 17, 1845

Date Died: November 26, 1921

Place Born: Warrenton, NC

Place Buried: Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, NC


Associate Justice 1895-1905

Walter Alexander Montgomery was born on February 17, 1845 in Warrenton, NC, the son of Thomas Alexander Montgomery and Darian Dawson (Cheek) Montgomery.

In 1861, at the age of sixteen (16), Walter Alexander Montgomery enlisted as a Private in Company E of the 1st NC Cavalry; within a month he was discharged because of an unnamed physical disability. On August 21, 1861, he enlisted a second time, this time in Company A of the 2nd NC Volunteers, which soon became Company F of the 12th NC Regiment of Infantry.

In late 1862, Walter Alexander Montgomery was promoted to Sergeant. On November 8, 1964, he was promoted to 2nd Lieutenant. Montgomery participated in all of the battles fought by the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia—from Hanover Courthouse (1862) to the surrender at Appomattox. He was wounded twice: at Chancellorsville (April/May 1863), and during the first day's fighting at Gettysburg, PA (July 1, 1863). On April 9, 1865, he was paroled at Appomattox Court House, VA.

Upon his return home to Warrenton, Walter Alexander Montgomery continued his classical studies at the Warrenton Male Academy before studying law under former NC Attorney General William Eaton, Jr. On January 14, 1867, he was licensed to practice law in the County Court system; he was then appointed County Attorney for Warren County. He also served as Editor under I.H. Bennett for the Warrenton Courier newspaper. On January 14, 1868, he was licensed to practice law in the NC Superior Court system, and during that year he edited a newspaper of his own, called the Living Present.

On September 27, 1871, Walter Alexander Montgomery married Lizzie Holman Wilson, daughter of Dr. Thomas Epps Wilson and Janet (Mitchel) Wilson; they had four children.

In 1873, Walter Alexander Montgomery moved his family to Memphis, TN, where he practiced law until 1876. He then moved back to Warrenton, NC and resumed his law practice there. In 1893, he again moved his family, this time to Raleigh, NC, and again set up his own private law practice.

In the General Election of 1894, Walter Alexander Montgomery was elected as an Associate Justice on the NC Supreme Court, and he took his seat on January 1, 1895. He served for ten years on the NC Supreme Court.

In January of 1905, after his term expired, Walter Alexander Montgomery returned to his private law practice in Raleigh, NC. He was also appointed standing master in the old U.S. Circuit Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

On November 16, 1921, Walter Alexander Montgomery died, and he was buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Raleigh, NC.

Walter A. Montgomery was born in Warrenton in February of 1845.

He served in the 12th North Carolina Regiment 1861-1865, promoted to 2nd Lieutenant in 1864, and was paroled at Appomattox Courthouse.

He was admitted to practice law in 1867. In 1873, he removed to Memphis, TN, but returned to North Carolina in 1876.

In 1894, he was elected to the NC Supreme Court to fill an unexpired term for two years, and in 1896, he was elected for the full term of eight years. On its expiration, he returned to his private practice.

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