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Andrew Jackson Montague

 
 
Andrew Jackson Montague Marker image. Click for full size.
By Amy Wilson, December 13, 2008
1. Andrew Jackson Montague Marker
Inscription. This house was built in 1891 as the home of Andrew Jackson “Jack” Montague, 1862-1937, Governor of Virginia, 1902-1906. During his residence in Danville, Mr. Montague established himself as a lawyer, U.S. District Attorney, orator, and political campaigner, whose talents led to his election in 1897 as Virginia’s Attorney General and then as governor.
 
Erected 1978 by City Council of Danville. (Marker Number D-1.)
 
Location. 36° 34.726′ N, 79° 24.518′ W. Marker is in Danville, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of West Main Street (Virginia Route 293) and Mount Vernon Avenue, on the right when traveling east on West Main Street. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 249 W. Main Street, Danville VA 24541, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Frederick Delius (approx. 0.3 miles away); Stratford College (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lady Astor Birthplace (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Gibson Girl / Lady Astor (approx. 0.3 miles away); Holbrook-Ross Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away); Last Confederate Capitol
Andrew Jackson Montague Marker image. Click for full size.
By Amy Wilson, December 13, 2008
2. Andrew Jackson Montague Marker
View is looking east along Main Street. Mount Vernon United Methodist Church can be seen in the background.
(approx. half a mile away); Sutherlin Mansion (approx. half a mile away); 750 Main Street (approx. 0.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Danville.
 
Regarding Andrew Jackson Montague. The Governor Monteque House is a Queen Anne frame mansion having an asymmetrical front ornamented with a variety of wooden details. These include the shingled gables, sawn and turned gable ornaments, bracketed cornice and the rich carving in the porch pediment. With its complex geometry, the house is an important visual element on a conspicuous corner of West Main Street. The Monteque house also marks the western most boundary of the Old West End Historic District.

The meteoric rise to power of its first owner, Andrew Jackson Montague signified its place in history, complete with an historical highway marker to prove the point. Following the War Between the States, Danville was a tobacco and textile boom town, mecca for such men as the Dibrell Brothers who relocated here from Richmond; and the Schoolfield brothers who moved here from Horsepasture in Henry County, VA. Respectively, they founded the tobaco brokerage house Dibrell Brothers, Inc. and Dan River, Inc., a world leader in textiles. Similarly, rather
Pediments on the Montague House image. Click for full size.
By Amy Wilson, December 13, 2008
3. Pediments on the Montague House
The house has shingled gables and turned ornaments, bracketed cornices and rich carving on the porch pediment, all of which attest to its architectural importance as a Queen Anne style structure.
than return to his native King and Queen County (VA) following law school, young Jack Mongague chose Danville to launch his legal career in 1885. While he and his family lived in this house, he ran successfully in 1897 for Attorney General of Virginia. That positiion propelled him to the Govenor's mansion five years later.
 
Also see . . .  Virginia Governor Andrew Jackson Montague. (Submitted on December 16, 2008, by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia.)
 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,770 times since then and 96 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Kevin W. of Stafford, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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