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The last home of Matthew Stanley Quay who came to Beaver, a boy of seven from a Scotch Irish and American Indian family background, and went on to become not only the leading citizen of his community and state but won national prominence as a political leader. Graduating from Beaver Academy and then from Washington and Jefferson College in 1850 he went on to become a lawyer, a Congressional Medal of Honor winner in the Civil War, a recognized student of the classics, a friend of the American Indian, intimate and maker of presidents of the United States, Senator from Pennsylvania from 1887 until 1904 and the leader of the Republican party for more than a quarter of a century.
Volume No. 6, published by Beaver Area Heritage Foundation, presents the story of Matthew Stanley Quay in detail and was compiled from the remarks of Attorney W. Scott Moore at the above residence of Senator Quay on the Historical Walking Tour of the Foundation on July 4, 1968.
Quay rose, between 1856-87 from local and state offices to U.S. Senator. He was a Republican Party leader from 1887 until his death in 1904.
The former residence of Senator Quay, noted state and national political leader, is presently the location of the J.T. Anderson Jr. Funeral Home.