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John W. Finley

Full Name: John Wesley Finley
Birth date: January 19, 1847
Death date: 1919

Terms of Service

  • Senate, 21st (2) Legislature
    3/5/1889 - 1/13/1891
    Democrat
(1) 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 .
(2) 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.

Biographical Notes and Resources

Other Resources

  • John Wesley Finley, born 1847 in Tennessee, died 1919, father William Henderson Finley, mother Elizabeth Dial Trotter, spouse Emma Sewell. Ancestral File and International Genealogical Index - North America. FamilySearch .
  • Census of 1880 - John W. Finley, Sherman, Grayson County, age 33, born in TN, lawyer, unmarried, father born in TN, mother born in NC.
    Census of 1900 - Jno. W. Finley, Sherman, Grayson County, age 50, born Dec. 1849 [sic] in TN, lawyer, wife Emma, father born in TN, mother born in NC.
    Census of 1910 - J.W. Finley, Sherman, Grayson County, age 60, born in TN, lawyer, wife Emma, married 19 years, father born in TN, mother born in NC. HeritageQuest Online .
  • Biographical sketch, John Wesley Finley, pp. 191-192. Born 1/19/1847 in Monroe County, east Tennessee, and in 1863 moved with his parents to Georgia, "a firm and unwavering Democrat." Personnel of the Texas State Government with Sketches of Distinguished Texans, 21st Legislature 1889.
  • Biographical sketch, John Wesley Finley, p. 392. Born 1/19/1847. The Texas Senate: Volume II, Civil War to the Eve of Reform, 1861-1889 1999.
  • John W. Finley (1847-1919), interment in West Hill Cemetery, Sherman, Grayson County, husband of Emma S. Finley. TXGenWeb Project .
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