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Martin F. Conway

Born: Nov 19, 1829

Death: Feb 15, 1882

Birthplace: Harford County

Nationality: United States

Martin F. Conway

Date of Birth : Nov 19, 1829
Date of Death : Feb 15, 1882
Birth Place : Harford County

Martin Franklin Conway was a U.S. congressman, consul to France, abolitionist, and advocate of the Free-State movement in Kansas. Conway was born in Harford County, Maryland, the son of Dr. W. D. Conway and Frances Conway. His father was an Exploring Surveyor in the United States Navy, and a slave-owner. Conway learned the printer's trade in Baltimore after leaving school at fourteen and became an organizer of the National Typographical Union. Find more about formation of the union from the book Origin and Progress of the Typographical Union by John McVicar, pub 1891. Do a google book search and see page 7 for M F Conway's "election as chairman of the executive committee at the first national convention of journeyman printers of the United States". He married Emily Dykes in 1851, and studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1852. Conway moved to the Kansas Territory in 1854, initially working as a special correspondent for the Baltimore Sun. He soon resumed the practice of law and became involved in territorial politics. In March 1855, Conway was elected from Riley County to the first Territorial Council, but resigned prior to assuming his seat.

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