Zachariah Montgomery

Lawyer, Author

1825 – 1900


Who was Zachariah Montgomery?

Zachariah "Zach" Montgomery was a publisher, lawyer, politician, and author, particularly known for his skills as an orator.

Montgomery's speeches were often published in newspapers of the day and in pamphlet form. Although his widely published and forceful critiques of the compulsory public education system were never embraced by the public at large, his book Poison Drops in the Federal Senate is considered by some contemporary writers as a landmark study of the relevant issues. This work continues to elicit discussion amongst home school organizations, teachers' associations, political scientists, and politicians. He was a proponent of the voucher system for the funding and maintenance of primary and secondary schools.

Zach Montgomery received his Bachelor of Arts, and Master of Arts in Law from St. Joseph’s College, Bardstown, Kentucky. While at St. Joseph's, Zach befriended fellow student Augustus Hill Garland and studied for the bar exam in the offices of Benjamin Hardin Helm, a noted lawyer, statesman, member of the Kentucky Legislature and U.S. Congress. Zach was admitted to the Bar in Kentucky in 1850.

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Mar 6, 1825
  • United States of America
Sep 3, 1900

on July 23, 2013


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