Board Profile

Robert Montague

  • :FNU Board Member
  • :January 01, 2018
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Biography

Mr. Montague is a native of Washington, DC, although he has been a resident of Virginia for the past fifty years. The grandson of Anne Steele Wilson, first cousin of Mary Breckinridge, Mr. Montague first learned of the FNS through his grandmother’s work. He also attended the first Mary Breckinridge Day while he was an Assistant Attorney General of Kentucky from 1961 through 1964.

Mr. Montague has an extensive background in historic preservation which includes active service on several boards, commissions, and organizations dealing with historic preservation and conservation issues and ownership of three houses currently on the National Register of Historic Places.  His academic experience includes faculty positions at the University of Virginia teaching historic preservation law and numerous law review articles published by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the American Society of Planning Officials.  Such writing established his reputation as a lawyer specializing in historic preservation law, a field nonexistent during his time in law school. In addition, Mr. Montague was the first chairman of the Environmental Law Section of the Virginia State Bar and served as President of the Conservation Council of Virginia.

Mr. Montague has recently completed his second term on the Vestry of Christ Church, Middlesex County, Virginia and is currently on its Endowment Board. He has also served as the Honorary Chairman of the Citizens for an Alternative Alexandria Waterfront Plan and a board member of the Friends of Dragon Run, a local environmental group and the Steamboard Era Museum. He retired from practicing law in 2004 but is actively engaged in running a family farming and forestry operation in southwest Arkansas near Texarkana.