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William Wood Finney
Birth: May 16, 1829
Powhatan County, USA
Death: Jan. 26, 1910

Pony Express Co-Founder, Civil War Confederate Army Officer. Born at "Prospect Hill." Graduated Virginia Military Institute. Served as assistant principal of Warrenton Male Academy in North Carolina until 1850 when he went west for gold. He took up engineering and surveyed for the railroad in Vera Cruz, Mexico. In 1858 he returned to the United States and with Major B.F. Ficklin developed what became the Pony Express. It lasted only sixteen months and Finney got little credit for opening the west to communications before the telegraph. During the Civil War he served under Stonewall Jackson at Harper's Ferry. He then was assigned to the 59th Virginia Infantry, and was stricken with Typhoid fever for six months. He fought gallantly at the Battle of Lewisburg and was taken prisoner. He was exchanged three months later and returned to Richmond without a command because he was reported as dead. (bio by: George Seitz) 
 
Burial:
Saint Lukes Cemetery
Subletts
Powhatan County
Virginia, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: George Seitz
Record added: Jul 26, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7711452
William Wood Finney
Added by: George Seitz
 
William Wood Finney
Added by: George Seitz
 
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