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Hugh Franklin FINLEY

(1833-1909)

FINLEY, Hugh Franklin, (father of Charles Finley), a Representative from Kentucky; born at Tyes Ferry, Whitley County, Ky., January 18, 1833; attended the common schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1859 and commenced practice in Williamsburg, Ky.; member of the State house of representatives from 1861 to August 1862, when he resigned; elected Commonwealth attorney in 1862, and served until 1866, when he resigned; again elected in 1867, and reelected in 1868 for six years; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1870 to the Forty-second Congress; served in the State senate in 1875 and 1876, when he resigned; appointed in 1876 by President Grant as United States district attorney for Kentucky, and served until 1877; resumed the practice of law; judge of the fifteenth judicial circuit 1880-1886; elected as a Republican to the Fiftieth and Fifty-first Congresses (March 4, 1887-March 3, 1891); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1890; resumed the practice of law and also engaged in the coal mining business; died in Williamsburg, Ky., October 16, 1909; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery.

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

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