George Preston Finlay

Full Name: George Preston Finlay
Date of birth: November 16, 1829
Date of death: March 24, 1911

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
H 39 Jan 10, 1893 - Jul 17, 1893 23rd (1)   Democrat Galveston / Galveston   Galveston
H 35 Jan 11, 1881 - Jan 9, 1883 17th (2) (3)   Democrat Galveston / Galveston   Galveston
H 35 Jan 14, 1879 - Jan 11, 1881 16th (4)   Democrat Galveston / Galveston   Galveston
S 24 Jan 14, 1873 - Jan 13, 1874 13th (5) (6) (7)   Democrat Lavaca / Calhoun   Aransas, Bee, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Jackson, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria
S 24 Nov 4, 1861 - Jan 14, 1862 9th (8) (9) (10) (11) (12)     Lavaca / Calhoun   Calhoun, DeWitt, Jackson, Lavaca, Victoria

(1) Finlay resigned 7/17/1893. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(2) Democrat, 11/17/1880, p. 2. Galveston Daily News.
(3) Democrat. Pocket Directory of the Seventeenth Legislature of Texas, 1881.
(4) Democrat, 1/14/1879, p. 1. Galveston Daily News.
(5) Entire Senate went up for reelection due to Senatorial redistricting. Act passed Apr. 24, 1873 [presented to Governor May 1, 1873 and became law without his signature], 13th Legislature, R.S., ch. 35, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(6) 13th Legislature - Senators elect qualified and took their seats, 1/14/1873, p. 1. Senate Journal.
(7) 13th Legislature - Included in list of 15 Senate members that were conservative Democrats, p. 145. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889, 1999.
(8) Current city of Port Lavaca orginally known as Lavaca. Handbook of Texas Online.
(9) "On the adjournment of the Ninth Legislature, in March, 1862, Colonel Finlay raised a company of infantry in Victoria County, Texas, and was assigned to duty in the Sixth Texas infantry . . ." Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Representative Men of Texas, 22nd Legislature, 1892.
(10) S. Addison White, sworn 2/2/1863, succeeded George P. Finlay, resigned. Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
(11) 9th Legislature, Regular Session - Classification of Senators (drawing for terms of office) - drew "the long term" (four years), 11/12/1861, p. 42. Senate Journal.
(12) 9th Legislature, Regular Session - Roll of Senators, oath of office administered, 11/4/1861, p. 1. Senate Journal.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

  • Member roster, 9th Legislature, Regular Session: name, district, resident county, post office, state of nativity, occupation, and age. Senate Journal.

Biographical Sketches


  • Photograph. Geo. P. Finlay, 23rd Legislature, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
  • Photograph. Geo. P. Finlay, 23rd Legislature, State Preservation Board
  • Photograph. G.P. Finlay, 13th Legislature, DeGolyer Library, SMU, Lawrence T. Jones III Collection.
  • Photograph. G.P. Finlay, 13th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

23rd R.S. - 1893
Commerce and Manufactures  
Judicial Districts  
Judiciary No. 1 (Chair) 
17th R.S. - 1881
Congressional Districts  
Congressional Districts, Apportionment  
Internal Improvements  
Judiciary No. 1 (Chair) 
16th R.S. - 1879
Assessment and Collection of Taxes  
Constitutional Amendments  
Internal Improvements  
Judiciary No. 1 (Chair) 
New Judiciary Article to the Constitution  
Privileges and Elections  
Revised Civil Code, Select  
Room for Court of Appeals  
Rooms for the Judges of the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals,  
13th R.S. - 1873
Contingent Expenses  
Financial Condition of the State  
Impeachment of John G. Scott, Judge of the Tenth Judicial District, Select  
Judiciary No. 2 (Chair) 
Militia (Chair) 
Public Buildings  
Redistricting/Apportionment, Select  
Retrenchment and Reform  
Rules, Select  
State Affairs  
9th R.S. - 1861
Claims and Accounts  
Militia and Military Affairs  
Private Land Claims  
Public Lands  
Rules and Regulations  

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