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James J. Montague

Born: Apr 16, 1873

Death: Dec 16, 1941

Birthplace: Mason City

Profession: Writer

Nationality: United States

James J. Montague

Date of Birth : Apr 16, 1873
Date of Death : Dec 16, 1941
Birth Place : Mason City

James Jackson Montague, often referred to as "Jim" or "Jimmy" Montague, was an American journalist, satirist, and poet. Renowned as a "versifier," Montague is best known for his column "More Truth Than Poetry," which was published in a wide number of newspapers for nearly 25 years. Montague's journalism career began in 1896 at the Portland Oregonian, where he started as a copy boy. He was soon promoted to reporter and eventually took over the column "Slings and Arrows." In 1902 he was hired by William Randolph Hearst to work at the New York American and New York Evening Journal, where he debuted "More Truth Than Poetry." Montague wrote the column six days a week, in addition to articles on topics such as politics, theater and sports. In 1919 he moved to the New York World, which described him as "the most widely circulated poet in the United States." Later in Montague's career, his whimsical pieces were often carried by the Bell Syndicate.


  • Writer
  • Journalist
  • Poet
  • Critic

Also known as

  • James Montague
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