John Finley

John Finley

Birth
Brownsburg, Rockbridge County, Virginia, USA
Death 23 Dec 1866 (aged 69)
Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana, USA
Burial Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana, USA
Plot section 5
Memorial ID 41648074 · View Source
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John Finley, son of Andrew Finley, of Scotch-Irish Presbyterian ancestry, was born in Brownsburg, Rockbridge county, Virginia, Jan. 11, 1797. He received but a limited education, though his reading covered a wide field. In 1816, he left his native country for the West, reaching Richmond in 1820. In 1826 he married Rachel H. Knott, of Yellow Springs, Ohio, who lived but a few months after marriage. In 1830 he was married to Julia Hanson, of Indianapolis.

His official career began in 1822, as justice of the peace. He represented Wayne county in the legislature, from 1828 to 1831, and was then enrolling clerk of the Senate three years. From 1833 to 1837, he edited and held a controlling interest in the principal newspaper of the county, the Richmond "Palladium," and, in 1837, was elected clerk of the Wayne county courts for a term of seven years; this necessitated a removal to the county seat, Centerville, but on the expiration of the term (1845) ne returned to Richmond.

Elected mayor of the city in 1852, he retained the office, by re-elections, until his death, Dec. 23, 1866, having had an almost continuous public service for more than forty years.

Mr. Finley's reputation as a poet was established when the Indiana "Journal" published "The Hoosier's Nest," Jan. 1, 1833. It was the first "Carrier's Address" written by the author and was followed by an "Address" in the "Journal" for eight or nine years in succession. The "Palladium" also had an annual "Address." These were rhyming reviews of State and national questions, or humorous references to peculiarities of candidates for public office.

They were of local interest, but did not arrest general attention, as the description of Hoosier life had done. "The Hoosier's Nest" has been quoted in England as a graphic specimen of backwoods literature. "Bachelor's Hall" was published anonymously and was immediately credited to Thomas Moore; it was reproduced in England and Ireland many times before the authorship was established. "The Hoosier's Nest," a small volume of 105 pages, issued and copyrighted in 1865, had an extensive sale.

Source: MEMOIRS OF WAYNE COUNTY
AND THE City Of Richmond INDIANA
FROM THE EARLIEST HISTORICAL TIMES DOWN TO
THE PRESENT, INCLUDING A GENEALOGICAL
AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF
REPRESENTATIVE FAMILIES
IN WAYNE COUNTY
HON. HENRY CLAY FOX, Editor-in-chief
ILLUSTRATED
VOLUME I.
MADISON, WISCONSIN
WESTERN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
1912

Note: Mayor Finley was originally buried in Maple Grove Cemetery (now the SW section of Glen Miller Park). Maple Grove was closed in the late 1880s and his remains were removed to Earlham Cemetery.





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FINLEY AUTHOR OF THE HOOSIER'S NEST

Gravesite Details The headstone also lists his wife & daughters

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  • Created by: Dan Tate
  • Added: 6 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41648074
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Finley (11 Jan 1797–23 Dec 1866), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41648074, citing Earlham Cemetery, Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Dan Tate (contributor 47168327) .