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Matthew Stanley Quay
Birth: Sep. 30, 1833
York County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: May 28, 1904
Beaver County
Pennsylvania, USA

US Senator, American Civil War Medal of Honor Recipient. A member of the Republican Party, he represented the state of Pennsylvania in the US Senate from March 1887 until March 1899 and again from January 1901 until his death three years later. The son of a Presbyterian minister, he attended Jefferson College (now Washington and Jefferson College) in Washington, Pennsylvania and graduated in 1850. He was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar four years later and entered politics, being elected to the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. When the American Civil War broke out in April 1861, he was made a colonel of the 134th Pennsylvania Volunteers and at the Battle of Fredericksburg in Virginia and was awarded the Medal of Honor for gallantry on December 13, 1862. He then became a personal secretary to Pennsylvania Governor Andrew Curtin and in 1864 he was elected again to the Pennsylvania legislature, serving until 1867. Following the war, he became a newspaper editor, defending the spoils system and championing African-American civil rights in the South. From 1873 until 1887 he served in various state offices, as well as County Recorder of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1887 he was elected by the Pennsylvania legislature to the US Senate. The following year, he was elected chairman of the Republican National Committee and served as Benjamin Harrison's campaign manager during the 1888 presidential election. He finished third on the Republican National Convention's presidential ballot in 1896 and in 1900 he helped to make Theodore Roosevelt the Republican vice-presidential nominee. In 1898 he was charged with misappropriating state funds but was acquitted the following year. In late 1899 he was appointed to the US Senate by Pennsylvania Governor William Stone to fill a vacancy but the Senate refused to seat him and following a special election, he was re-elected. He died in office at the age of 70. His Medal of Honor was awarded to him on July 9, 1888 and its citation reads: "Although out of service, he voluntarily resumed duty on the eve of battle and took a conspicuous part in the charge on the heights." The fictional character 'Senator Mark Simpson' in Theodore Dreiser's novel "The Financier" (1912) was supposedly based on him. (bio by: William Bjornstad) 
Family links: 
  Anderson Beaton Quay (1802 - 1858)
  Catherine McCain Quay (1799 - 1868)
  Agnes Barclay Quay (1831 - 1911)
  Elizabeth A. Quay (1860 - 1862)*
  Sarah Quay (1862 - 1862)*
  Richard Robert Quay (1863 - 1936)*
  John Barclay Quay (1866 - 1869)*
  Andrew Gregg Curtis Quay (1866 - 1931)*
  Stanley Anderson Quay (1868 - 1869)*
  Coral Quay (1872 - 1958)*
  Susan Quay Butler (1876 - 1924)*
  Sarah Stanley Quay Dickson*
  Lindley Rutter Quay (1830 - 1834)**
  Matthew Stanley Quay (1833 - 1904)
  Althetta J. Quay Prentiss (1836 - 1863)*
  Elliott Swift Quay (1840 - 1863)*
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Beaver Cemetery and Mausoleum
Beaver County
Pennsylvania, USA
Plot: Section F, Lot 51
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Erik Lander
Record added: Feb 22, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7203361
Matthew Stanley Quay
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Matthew Stanley Quay
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Matthew Stanley Quay
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Issued: 9 July 1888
- Wagon Master
 Added: Feb. 8, 2017
Most famous as a "Political Boss"
- Barbara LeClaire
 Added: Nov. 15, 2015
Thank you for your courage and valor in time of battle and for your military and public service to our country. May you rest in peace.
- William Bjornstad
 Added: Nov. 9, 2015
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