John A. Conway, Portland, ca. 1890
Contributed by Maine Irish Heritage Center
John A. Conway (1869- 1904) was raised on Plum Street in Portland within a short walking distance from the highly concentrated Irish neighborhood referred to as “Gorham’s Corners”. Conway spent much of his working life as a teamster, driving wagons along the prosperous Commercial Street railway corridor on the Portland waterfront. Conway died of consumption at the age of 35.
Conway appears here in the uniform of a Portland Montgomery Guard, a local militia group comprised of young men of Irish decent. Formed in 1872 and eventually absorbed into the Maine National Guard, the Montgomery Guards were active in exciting demonstrations of military drills and sponsored grand receptions throughout New England and Canada in the late nineteenth century.
- Title: John A. Conway, Portland, ca. 1890
- Creator: The Lamson Photographic Art Studio
- Creation Date: circa 1890
- Subject Date: circa 1890
- Town: Portland
- County: Cumberland
- State: ME
- Media: Photograph
- Dimensions (cm): 16.5 x 10.8
- Local Code: pmg813.002
- Collection: Portland Montgomery Guards
- Object Type: Image
For more information about this item, contact:
Maine Irish Heritage Center
PO Box 7588, 34 Gray Street, Portland, ME 04112-7588
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