Monte Ferris Bourjaily, 85, a former editor and general Manager of United Features Syndicate and president of the Globe Syndicate in Spring Lake, N.J., died of congestive heart failure Sunday at a hospital in South Pasadena, Fla.

Mr. Bourjaily was born in Lebanon and came to this country at an early age. He began his 63-year journalism career as a reporter for the Syracuse (N.Y.) Herald in 1914 and later worked on newspapers in Ohio, Connecticut, New York and Maine.

He was editor and general manager of United Features Syndicate from 1929 to 1936, when Eleanor Roosevelt's "My Day" column and Drew Pearson and Robert Allen's "Washington Merry-Go-Round" columns were first published.

In World War I, he served with the Army Air Service in France.

During World War II, he lived in Washington and worked for the Board of Economic Warfare and as an assistant to the secretary of commerce for international trade.

He founded the Globe Syndicate in 1937 and served as its president and editor until stepping down as editor in 1977 for reasons of health.

Survivors include his wife, Norma Sparlin Bourjaily, of the home in South Pasadena; three sons, Monte F. Bourjaily Jr. of Front Royal, Va., Vance Bourjaily of Iowa City, Iowa, and Dr. Paul Webb of Yellow Springs, Ohio; a stepson, Dr. Hale Bradt of Cambridge, Mass.; two daughters, Abigail Campi of Allenwood, N.J., and Dale Anne van der Pol of Curacao, N.A.; a stepdaughter, Valerie Hymes of Edgewater, Md.; 19 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.