Henry Wharton Conway
|Henry Wharton Conway|
|Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from Arkansas Territory|
March 4, 1823 – November 9, 1827
|Preceded by||James W. Bates|
|Succeeded by||Ambrose H. Sevier|
March 18, 1793|
Greeneville, Tennessee, United States
November 9, 1827 (aged 34)|
|Relations||James Sevier Conway (brother), Elias Nelson Conway (brother), Ambrose Hundley Sevier (cousin), Henry Massey Rector (cousin), James Lawson Kemper (third cousin)|
Ensign/lieutenant, United States Navy, 1812–1813|
Clerk, U.S. Treasury, 1817–1818
Receiver of Public Moneys, Arkansas Territory, 1920–1921
Delegate, United States Congress, 1823–1827
|Years of service||1812–1813|
Henry Wharton Conway (March 18, 1793 – November 9, 1827) was a United States naval officer during the War of 1812 and a politician in Arkansas Territory, who was elected as a territorial delegate (1823–1827) to the United States House of Representatives for three consecutive congresses. He died in 1827 as a result of wounds from a duel with Robert Crittenden, a former friend and political ally.
Conway was born into a planter family on March 18, 1793, as the son of Thomas and Ann Rector Conway, near Greeneville, Tennessee in Greene County, Tennessee. He was educated by private tutors. He had two younger brothers who followed him into politics in the West.
In 1817, Conway became a clerk in the U.S. Treasury. Having saved money for his journey, the following year he joined the migration West to the Missouri Territory. In 1820, he moved to the Arkansas Territory. There he became active in territorial politics, forming a friendship and an alliance with Robert Crittenden. His younger brothers James Sevier Conway and Elias Nelson Conway also later became politicians in Arkansas after it became a state in 1836; they served as first and fifth governors of the state, respectively. In Arkansas, he was appointed as receiver of public moneys, serving from 1820 through 1821.
Following political differences in 1825, Conway and Crittenden grew apart, publicizing their feud in newspapers. Their conflict resulted in a duel held on October 29, 1827, near Napoleon, Arkansas. Conway was mortally wounded by Crittenden and died several days later on November 9, 1827.
Death and legacy
- The Family (Arkansas politics)
- List of United States Congress members who died in office (1790–1899)
- List of United States Congress members killed or wounded in office
- "Henry Wharton Conway". Conway-Crittenden Duel - The Central Arkansas Library System. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
- "Henry Wharton Conway". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
- "Henry Wharton Conway". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
- "Henry Wharton Conway". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 20 June 2013.
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- Henry Wharton Conway, Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture entry
- Conway-Crittenden Duel, Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture entry
|U.S. House of Representatives|
James Woodson Bates
| Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives
from Arkansas Territory
March 4, 1823 – November 9, 1827
Ambrose Hundley Sevier