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Ebenezer Byron FINLEY

(1833-1916)

FINLEY, Ebenezer Byron, (nephew of Stephen Ross Harris), a Representative from Ohio; born in Orrville, Wayne County, Ohio, July 31, 1833; attended the public schools; studied law at Bucyrus, Ohio, from 1859 until the outbreak of the Civil War; was active in recruiting Company K, Twenty-fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in which he served as a first lieutenant; resumed the study of law in 1862; was admitted to the bar in 1862 and commenced practice in Bucyrus, Ohio; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fifth and Forty-sixth Congresses (March 4, 1877-March 3, 1881); chairman, Committee on Public Expenditures (Forty-sixth Congress); was not a candidate for renomination in 1880; adjutant general of Ohio in 1884; served as circuit judge of the third circuit of Ohio; resumed the practice of law in Bucyrus, Ohio, where he died August 22, 1916; interment in Oakwood Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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