Creator

Date Original

1865

Description

This collection contains Elias N. Conways declaration and oath for amnesty from the United States dated February 16, 1865.

Biographical/Historical Note

Elias Nelson Conway (1812-1892) was born on May 17, 1812, in Greeneville, Tennessee, to Thomas Conway and Ann Rector Conway. When he was six years old, Conway’s family moved to Missouri, first to Saint Louis County and then Howard County. Elias N. Conway moved to Arkansas in 1833, where he was appointed U.S. deputy surveyor in 1834. On July 25, 1835, territorial governor William Savin Fulton appointed Conway territorial auditor. Conway came from a politically connected family. His brother James Sevier Conway would become the first state Governor of Arkansas and the Conway family was related to the Seviers and Johnsons or "The Family." "The Family," dominated Arkansas politics from statehood until the Civil War. With support from "The Family," Elias Conway became the first Arkansas state auditor, which he held until 1849. In 1852, Conway was nominated as the Democratic Party's candidate for Governor. He won reelection in 1856 and served until 1860. In 1860, Conway retired to a quiet, near-reclusive life. He died more than three decades later on February 28, 1892, in Little Rock after falling headfirst into his fireplace. He is buried in Mount Holly Cemetery in Little Rock.

Physical Description

Document, 8.5" x 11"

Geographical Area

Arkansas

Language

English

Identifier

SMC.030.007

Resource Type

Text

Collection

Elias N. Conway Records, SMC.030.007

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Elias N. Conway records, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6900 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

Disciplines

United States History

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