Transcribed from volume I of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed May 2002 by Carolyn Ward.


Conway, Martin F., the first representative in Congress from the State of Kansas, was born at Charleston, S. C., in 1830. He received a fair education and when fourteen years of age went to Baltimore, Md., where he learned the printer's trade. He was one of the founders of the national topographical union. While working as a printer he studied law, was admitted to the bar, and began practice in Baltimore. In 1854 he moved to Leavenworth, Kan., where he was chosen a member of the first legislative council, but on July 3, 1855, he resigned his seat. Under the Topeka constitution he was justice of the supreme court of the territory. He wrote the resolutions that were adopted by the free-state convention of June 9, 1857, at Topeka, and in 1858 was a delegate to the Leavenworth constitutional convention of which he was elected president. In 1859 Mr. Conway was nominated for representative in Congress by the Republican convention, and elected, being the first Congressman from the new state. In 1862 A. C. Wilder was elected to succeed him, and Mr. Conway retired to private life. He still took an active interest in public affairs, and when the controversy arose between President Johnson and Congress over the question of reconstruction, he became an earnest supporter of the President's policy. In 1866 he was appointed by President Johnson United States consul to Marseilles, France. When he returned to the United States he settled in Washington, D. C., where in 1873 he fired three shots at Senator Pomeroy, who was slightly wounded. When arrested, Conway said: "He ruined myself and family." He finally lost his mind and in 1880 became an inmate of St. Elizabeth, the government hospital for the insane, in the District of Columbia. Disappointed ambitions, it is supposed made him insane. He died at St. Elizabeth, Feb. 15, 1882.

Pages 442-443 from volume I of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed May 2002 by Carolyn Ward.

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