The Montgomery family has been running a newspaper in Junction City since 1888. John Montgomery purchased the Weekly Union with two partners in 1888. It became a daily and the family acquired the whole newspaper and Harry Montgomery replaced his father John as publisher in 1936. Harry’s son, John D. Montgomery, took over in 1952 from his father. John D. continued as publisher until his son John Grey Montgomery became the fourth generation Montgomery publisher of the Daily Union.
John Grey’s two sons continue the heritage. John D. Montgomery is editor and publisher of the Hutchinson News and the younger son, Grey Montgomery, served as editor of the Daily Union, then finished a master's degree at Wharton School and became manager of new product development for the Gannett Company.
The Montgomery’s have been heavily involved in Democratic party politics. John D. Montgomery has served as head of the state’s Democratic party and in several public positions as well as numerous civic groups. His son, John G. Montgomery, has also been active in many civic pursuits and ran for lieutenant governor in 1986 on the ticket with Tom Docking. The family owns other media outlets.
Entry: Montgomery Family
Author: G. Joseph Pierron
Author information: Judge Pierron serves on the Kansas Court of Appeals and has an interest in Kansas history.
Date Created: May 2012
Date Modified: May 2012
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