Moncure Daniel Conway
Historical Highway Marker
Marker to be erected August 19, 2004.
A biographer of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Paine and Nathaniel Hawthorne, Moncure Daniel Conway lived in Stafford County until he attended Dickinson College and Harvard Divinity School in 1849 and 1854, respectively. Conway spoke in favor of the abolition of slavery and later cultivated free-thinking ideals through the South Place Ethical Society, for which he eventually served as minister during his time in London, where he moved in 1863.
TEXT OF HIGHWAY MARKER
"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."