Alberta Sturges Montagu
Alberta Sturges Montagu (1877–1951)
Alberta Sturges Montagu was the daughter of Mrs. Francis H. Leggett (née Elizabeth "Betty or Bessie" McLeod) of New York City and London and her first husband, William Sturges (d. 1894) of Chicago. She married George Charles Montagu (1874–1962), the 9th Earl of Sandwich, on July 25, 1905. Montagu had several interests in common with her friend Mildred Barnes Bliss: they were accomplished musicians, spoke several foreign languages, and were disinclined to be active in the social milieus of their mothers. Montagu was also drawn to bookbinding, an interest that Mildred Barnes Bliss would develop later in her life. Both Montagu and her mother were friends and devotees of Swami Vivekananda (1863–1902), the spiritual leader often considered to be responsible for the introduction of the Hindu philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga in Europe and the United States.
"To Wed Prospective Earl; Miss Sturges Engaged to the Hon. G. C. Montagu, M. P.," New York Times, June 15, 1905.
"Society at Home and Abroad," New York Times, July 2, 1905.
"M. P.’s Bride American; Ambassador at Wedding of G. C. Montagu and Miss Sturges," New York Times, July 26, 1905.