|Birth: ||May, 1854|
|Death: ||Jun. 20, 1900|
By the age of sixteen, William Finley was working in a bookstore in Philadelphia. He became a packer and bookbinder for George Gebbie's Book Bindery, then worked his way up to the post of manager at Gebbie's store on South Street, corner of Chestnut, between Pennsylvania Square and Independance Hall. William's home on Regent Street is now the Pharmaceutical College of the University of Pennsylvania.
He became a partner with William M. Singerly in the lithographing business. He started his own firm - William Finley and Company, Publisher. While at Gebbie's, he had met Ainsworth Rand Spofford, well-known compiler of almanacs and encyclopedias, and the longest serving head of the Library of Congress. Spofford chose Finley and Company to publish, in 1894 and 1895, "The Library of Historic Characters," a ten-volumn set, and other tomes.
After a financial downturn and news of pancreatic cancer, William comitted suicide at his home.
William Lloyd Finley was the son of William and Martha Finley. He married Anna Louise Scutt. They were the parents of Charles P., William Harrison, George Washington, Harry L., George Gebbie, and Edwin Garfield.
Martha Finley (1837 - 1893)
Anna Louise Scutt Finley (1855 - 1919)*
William Harrison Finley (1875 - 1918)*
George Washington Finley (1876 - 1876)*
Charles P. Finley (1877 - 1877)*
George Gebbie Finley (1880 - 1948)*
Edwin Garfield Finley (1889 - 1889)*
Harry L. Finley (1906 - 1925)*
William Lloyd Finley (1854 - 1900)
Charles H. Finley (1858 - 1903)*
Anne Finley (1864 - 1865)*
George G. Finley (1868 - 1901)*
Robert Finley (1871 - 1896)*
Plot: Lot 30, Sec. 38
Created by: Judy Llamas
Record added: Aug 01, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15112141
You left an important literary legacy for everyone to enjoy. May God be with you now and forever.|
Added: Feb. 18, 2007