John Wesley Finley

Full Name: John Wesley Finley
Date of birth: January 19, 1847
Date of death: December 4, 1919

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 18 Mar 5, 1889 - Jan 13, 1891 21st (1)   Democrat Sherman / Grayson   Cooke, Grayson

(1) 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.
(2) 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.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Biographical Sketches

Military Service Notes

Other Resources

  • 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. The Daily Courier-Gazette (McKinney, Texas).
  • 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. FamilySearch. 1880 1900 1910
  • 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, 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 . . . " Portal to Texas History (University of North Texas Libraries).

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

21st R.S. - 1889
Constitutional Amendments  
Finance  
Internal Improvements  
Judicial Districts  
Judiciary No. 2  
Penitentiaries  
Privilege and Elections (Chair) 
Road Legislation  
State Asylums  

This website is a work in progress. Information on this website is provided as a public service by the Legislative Reference Library. The Legislative Reference Library makes no representation as to its completeness or accuracy and makes no warranty in regard to its use. Users assume all risk of reliance on the information included on this site.

Have a question, comment or contribution? Email the Library or call 512-463-1252.

Many photos in Texas Legislators: Past and Present are used with permission of the Texas State Preservation Board. For permission to reproduce these photos, please contact the Texas State Preservation Board graphics coordinator at 512-475-3060.