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McConnelsville in Morgan County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

Frances Dana Gage / Mount Airy Mansion

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By William Fischer, Jr., November 2, 2008
1. Frances Dana Gage Marker
Frances Dana Gage
One of Ohio's earliest proponents of women's rights, Frances Dana Gage (1808-1884) was born in Marietta and married McConnelsville attorney James L. Gage in 1829. She immersed herself in the major social issues of the day - temperance, abolition, and universal suffrage - while raising eight children. At a women's rights convention in 1850, Gage gained national attention by proposing that the words “white” and “men” be removed from Ohio's constitution. She later served as the editor of an Ohio agricultural journal, as an educator for newly emancipated African Americans, and wrote children's tales under the pen name “Aunt Fanny.” An enormously influential woman, Gage led the way for Ohio's next generation of social activists.

Mount Airy Mansion
Mt. Airy Mansion, a Federal style home built in 1843, is best known as the home of Frances Dana Gage. As a prominent leader in the women's rights movement, Gage hosted many women's rights meetings in the mansion's Ball Room. In 1868, Hugh and Mary Cochran purchased the home, which remained in
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the family for 107 years. The Cochrans owned and operated the Cochran Tobacco Company from 1837 until 1951. The cigar manufacturer was the largest employer in Morgan County, and was recognized as the largest manufacturer of plug tobacco north of the Mason-Dixon line at the beginning of the Civil War.
Erected 2003. (Marker Number 12-58.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAgricultureCivil RightsEducationIndustry & Commerce. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection, and the Women's Suffrage 🗳️ series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1829.
Location. 39° 39.082′ N, 81° 51.193′ W. Marker is in McConnelsville, Ohio, in Morgan County. Marker is at the intersection of Kennebec Avenue (Ohio Route 376) and Plum Street, on the left when traveling north on Kennebec Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: McConnelsville OH 43756, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First McConnelsville Christmas Tree (within shouting distance of this marker); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Morgan County (approx. 0.2 miles away); Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients (approx.
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By William Fischer, Jr., November 2, 2008
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0.2 miles away); Evelyn True Button House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Purple Heart Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Carlos M. Riecker Complex (approx. 0.2 miles away); Malta & McConnelsville Fire Department 50th Anniversary (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in McConnelsville.
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Engraved by McRae from History of Woman Suffrage, 1881 by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and Matilda Joslyn Gage.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 7, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,830 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 7, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on November 5, 2020, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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