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Alfred Montgomery, 1814-1896

Nationality: English
Date of Birth: 1814.04.13
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Date of Death: 1896.04.05
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Alfred Montgomery was known as a famous dandy. He lived at 44 Hertford Street, Mayfair.


He was a Clerk in the Admiralty, and became private secretary to Lord Wellesley. He was appointed Commissioner of stamp and taxes in 1842 and of the Inland Revenue in 1849.

Smalley described him as follows: 'Mr Alfred Montgomery , the very picture of an elderly beau, has also rendered substantial service to society's hostesses ... [he] has a comprehensive acquaintance with English literature as well as a vast repertory of stories. His career has been eventful. He has known domestic trouble, and he has been rewarded for his troubles by non-domestic success.'

He was referred to in correspondence in 1887.


[Smalley, G. W.], Society in London by a foreign resident, London, 1886, p. 31; Connelly, Willard, Count D'Orsay, The Dandy of Dandies, London, 1952, p. 168.