- Montague, Charles 1661-1715
- Student and then patron of Newton. Montague came from an aristocratic
background and attended Trinity
Cambridge. During this time they attempted to start a philosophical
society in Cambridge, and after Montague left, would have met again
when they were both members of the Convention Parliament in 1689.
In 1694 Montague became Chancellor of the Exchequer, and in this
capacity was able to influence Newton's appointment as
Warden of the Mint in 1696. He became
the first Earl of Halifax in 1700, but his political career never
flourished again. He died in 1715 from pneumonia. Voltaire alleged
that Newton's niece, Catherine
Barton, had been Montague's mistress and it has also been
suggested that they were married in secret. She certainly benefitted
in his will.
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