Polly Montague (1796 - 1877)

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Polly Montague
1796 - 1877
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March 7, 1796
Leverett, Massachusetts
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January 2, 1877
Carroll, New York
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Polly Montague was born on March 7, 1796 at Leverett, Massachusetts. She died on January 2, 1877 at Carroll, New York at age 80.
Updated: February 6, 2019
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Polly Montague passed away on January 2, 1877 at Carroll, New York at 80 years old. She was born on March 7, 1796 at Leverett, Massachusetts. We are unaware of information about Polly's surviving family.

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In 1802, when she was just 6 years old, on March 16, Congress established the United States Military Academy at West Point - the oldest of the five service academies in the United States and one of the oldest service academies in the world.

In 1835, at the age of 39 years old, Polly was alive when on January 30th, the first known attempt to kill a sitting President of the United States occurred just outside the United States Capitol Building. President Andrew Jackson was leaving the building after the funeral of South Carolina Representative Warren R. Davis. An Englishman, Richard Lawrence - who was unemployed and possibly mentally ill - stepped out and attempted to shoot. His gun misfired so he pulled out another gun - which also misfired. He was immediately caught.

In 1847, Polly was 51 years old when on July 1st, the first official postage stamps were issued in the US (not in the world - that was the UK). They were a nickel and a dime and showed Ben Franklin and George Washington.

In 1851, by the time she was 55 years old, on March 27th, the first recorded visit of white men to Yosemite Valley occurred. The Mariposa Battalion, chasing Native Americans, went into the valley. One man, Dr. Lafayette Bunnell, wrote "the grandeur of the scene was but softened by the haze that hung over the valley -- light as gossamer -- and by the clouds which partially dimmed the higher cliffs and mountains. This obscurity of vision but increased the awe with which I beheld it, and as I looked, a peculiar exalted sensation seemed to fill my whole being, and I found my eyes in tears with emotion."

In 1877, in the year of Polly Montague's passing, on January 8th, the Battle of Wolf Mountain occurred in southern Montana Territory. Crazy Horse, Two Moon, and their warriors fought the United States Cavalry. The battle was a tactical draw and by May, Crazy Horse and his followers had surrendered at Camp Robinson.

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