John Severinus Conway was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1852. His early art education was conducted at the Art Institute of Chicago before he moved to Paris, studying at the Ecole Julien and Ecole des Beaux-Arts. As well as becoming an accomplished sculptor, Conway studied painting.
After Paris, Conway moved spent time in both Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Italy. While in Italy, he met and married a woman named Agata Meloni, with whom he had four children. Conway's most famous work, the Victorious Charge, was completed while he was in Rome and sent to Milwaukee. Upon returning from Italy in 1902, the family settled in Tenafly, New Jersey. Tenafly became his professional center, and much of his work can still be found there. Conway died on Christmas day in 1925.
Sources mainly from Wikipedia and American Art Medals, 1909-1995 by David Thomason Alexander.