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                   Joseph Fauntleroy Montgomery, an original petitioner of Sacramento Lodge was born in Nelson County, Virginia, November 15, 1812. Early schooling was in his native state and he graduated in medicine from the University of Virginia, at Charlottesville at the age of 21. A post graduate course was completed at the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia the following year. Moving to Jackson, Mississippi in 1836 he practiced medicine until 1842. In 1849 he came to California, arriving at San Francisco and soon after took up his residence in Sacramento in time to bravely assist in the fight against the severe cholera epidemic of the fall of 1850. A member of the first City and County Board of Health, he took an active part in medical and in civic affairs of the city. He was an officer in the Howard Benevolent Society, a member of Medical-Chiurgical Academy in 1850, a charter member of the Sacramento Medical Society, which was organized April 30, 1855, and was one of its first vice presidents, the other vice president being Bro. John F. Morse. Dr. Montgomery was active in the organization of the State Medical Society which was organized in Sacramento on March 12, 1856. He contributed a number of valuable medical papers and was Vice President of the Society in 1859 and again in 1871. He was a charter member of the Sacramento Society for Medical Improvement organized in 1868 and was its second president serving from March 17, 1874 to March 23, 1875, when he retired from this office and declined re-election.  Appointed City Physician in 1853, he served three terms as resident physician of the Sacramento County Hospital; from February 1856 until October 1857; from October 1857 to June 1858; and from Nov. 1859 until Nov. 1861. In 1870 Governor Haight appointed Dr. Montgomery to the State Board of Health which had just been organized. In 1876 he was appointed to the State Board of Medical Examiners under the Practice Act passed by the Legislature in 1876. In addition to professional interests he took an active part in advancement of educational opportunities in the city and in 1869-70 and again in 1874-75 he was president of the Trustees of the City Schools. He was active as a member of the Episcopal Church and served as vestryman or warden of the church from its organization in 1850 until his death. Dr. Montgomery never married. Brother Montgomery was initiated an Entered Apprentice Mason on July 7, passed to the degree of Fellowcraft on July 19, and raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason on August 11, 1852 in Tehama Lodge No. 3 F. & A. M. Sacramento. He was an original petitioner of Sacramento Lodge No. 40 and was its first senior deacon. Membership was maintained in both Lodges until Feb. 5, 1855 when he was dimitted from Tehama Lodge No. 3. He maintained membership in Sacramento Lodge No. 40 until June 6, 1879. Dr. Montgomery died in Sacramento, Monday, October 8, 1883, and was laid to rest in the old Masonic Plot in the City Cemetery.




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