Moncnre Daniel Conway, an American author, born in Stafford co., Va., March 17, 1832. He received his early education at the Fredericksburg academy, and afterward entered Dickinson college, Carlisle, Pa., and graduated in 1849. He began the study of law at Warren-ton, Va., but abandoned this to enter the Methodist ministry. He joined the Baltimore conference in 1850, was appointed to Rockville circuit, Maryland, and in 1852 to Frederick circuit. He also wrote for the "Richmond Examiner," as a warm upholder of extreme southern opinions. Having undergone a change of political and religious opinions, he left the Methodist ministry, and entered the divinity school at Cambridge, Mass., where he graduated in 1854. He then returned to Virginia, but was obliged to leave the state on account of his political opinions, and the same year became pastor of the Unitarian church in Washington. Some anti-slavery discourses, and especially one delivered after the assault upon Senator Sumner, led to his dismissal, and in 1857 he was settled over the Unitarian church in Cincinnati. The publication of some books on slavery and its relation to the civil war led to his invitation to lecture on this subject in New England, as he had already lectured in Ohio. During the war his father's slaves escaped from Virginia and were taken by him to Yellow Springs, Ohio, and settled there.
In 1863 he went to England, and there wrote and lectured on the anti-slavery aspects of the war, and contributed to "Fraser's Magazine" and the "Fortnightly Review." Toward the end of that year he became minister of South Place chapel, Finsbury, and in 1867 also of a chapel formed at St. Paul's road, Camden Town, for evening service only, which posts he still occupies. Mr. Conway has published "Tracts for To-day" (Cincinnati, 1858); "The Rejected Stone" (Boston, 1861); "The Golden Hour" (1862); "The Earthward Pilgrimage" (London, 1870); and "Republican Superstitions" (London, 1873). A work by him entitled "Sacred Anthology" was announced in London in 1873. He is a frequent contributor to the daily liberal press in England, and to various magazines and newspapers in the United States. He has lectured before several learned societies in England, and was made a fellow of the royal anthropological society of Great Britain and Ireland in 1868.