Conway, who was born in Ireland but raised in France. He was recruited by Silas Deane, the American ambassador to France. After meeting with General Washington at Morristown in May 1777, Conway was appointed a brigadier general and assigned to Major General John Sullivan’s division. Thomas Conway was present at the Moland House War Council on August 21, 1777. In December of 1777, the Continental Congress named him to the post of inspector general. Conway wrote letters critical of Washington. When these became public he resigned and let the country. This event became know as the Conway Cabal.