John W. Finley, seated 3/5/1889, succeeded Elbridge G. Douglass, resigned 1/23/1889.
Members of the Texas Congress 1836-1845; Members of the Texas Legislature 1846-2004, 2005.
Democrat - "Political news: State Senator nominated," 2/11/1889, p. 6. County democratic executive committee met at Sherman on February 10, nominated J.W. Finley of Sherman to fill vacancy left by resignation of Senator Douglass.
Galveston Daily News.
Census of 1880 - John W. Finley, Sherman, Grayson County, age 33, born circa 1847 in Tennessee, lawyer.
Census of 1900 - Jno. W. Finley, Sherman, Grayson County, age 50, born December 1849 in Tennessee, lawyer, wife Emma.
Census of 1910 - J.W. Finley, Sherman, Grayson County, age 60, born circa 1850 in Tennessee, lawyer, wife Emma, married 19 years.
John W. Finley (1847-1919), burial in West Hill Cemetery, Sherman, Grayson County. "List of Comrades at Sherman, Tex.," members of Mildred Lee Camp, No. 90, U.C.V. in Confederate Veteran, February 1921.
Find a Grave.
Death notice, "Judge J.W. Finley Dies at Sherman," dateline Friday, Dec. 5, 12/5/1919, p. 3. "Judge John W. Finley, after eight weeks' illness, died at 5 o'clock Thursday at his home." Death date 12/4/1919.
Death notice, The Whitewright Sun, 12/12/1919, p. 8, crediting Whitewright Public Library. "John W. Finley, a pioneer citizen of Sherman, died at his home in that city last Thursday afternoon . . . He practiced law as a member of the Grayson county bar for many years . . . "
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