Frances Dana Gage, leading 19th century American reformer, returns home to Morgan County in previously unseen portrait - Morgan County Herald: News

Frances Dana Gage, leading 19th century American reformer, returns home to Morgan County in previously unseen portrait

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Posted: Wednesday, September 23, 2020 6:00 am

As a young boy growing up in McConnelsville, Galen Finley had a part-time job before and after school to remove the ashes and fill the coal bin from what was then known as the Cochran Mansion. Little did he know that one day he would own the stately manor that overlooks the village at the base of Kennebec Hill and learn first-hand of the historic significance of its previous owners.

A phone call earlier this summer from the great-great granddaughter of James L. and Frances Dana Barker Gage, the original owners of the mansion, built in 1843, triggered a series of events that brought the Gage descendant face-to-face with Finley. This prompted a documentary film maker and area historians to tell the story from inside Finley’s 177-year-old home of Frances Dana Gage, the 19th-century women’s movement and temperance advocate, abolitionist, journalist, author, and world-traveling speaker and her connection with Morgan County.

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