William Montgomery (cryptographer)

Rev. William Montgomery (1871–1930) was a Presbyterian minister and a British codebreaker who worked in Room 40 during World War I.

William Montgomery
Died (aged 59)[2]
EducationUniversity of London
St John's College, Cambridge[1][2]
Known forZimmermann Telegram
Spouse(s)Marta Corbett[1]
ChildrenElizabeth Montgomery[1]

Montgomery and Nigel de Grey deciphered the Zimmermann Telegram, which helped bring the U.S. into World War I. At this time (1917), Montgomery was 45.

He was an authority on Augustine of Hippo and a translator of theological works from German. No work, it was said, had ever been so idiomatically and yet so faithfully rendered as his translation of Albert Schweitzer's Quest of the Historical Jesus, published in 1914.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Michael Mullin (1996). Design By Motley. p. 23. ISBN 9780874135695.
  2. ^ a b "The Eagle" (PDF). 1930.
  3. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 12 November 2020.
  4. ^ Tuchman, Barbara Wertheim (1985). The Zimmermann telegram. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-32425-0.

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