Moncure Conway

  • <p>Portrait of Moncure Conway by Clara Taggart MacChesney </p> <p>Portrait of Moncure Conway by Clara Taggart MacChesney </p>

Moncure Conway

Nearby to the northwest is the childhood home of renowned abolitionist, writer, and lecturer Moncure Daniel Conway (1832-1907). In 1838 his family moved into this Federal-style house. Conway graduated from Dickinson College in 1849 and Harvard Divinity School in 1854 and became outspoken in the abolitionist movement. During the Civil War, Conway lived in Cincinnati, Ohio and traveled east in 1862 to lead his family’s slaves to freedom in Yellow Springs, Ohio. Conway moved to London in 1863 and spent a number of years abroad, writing for English and American periodicals. He also wrote biographies of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Thomas Paine. Conway died in Paris on 15 Nov. 1907.

Marker: N-36, Virginia Department of Historic Resources (2004)

Location

401 River Rd, Fredericksburg, VA 22405