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William Wood Finney

  • Birth 16 May 1829 Powhatan County, Virginia, USA
  • Death 26 Jan 1910 Petersburg, Petersburg City, Virginia, USA
  • Burial Subletts, Powhatan County, Virginia, USA
  • Memorial ID 7711452

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.

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  • Originally Created by: George Seitz
  • Added: 26 Jul 2003
  • Find A Grave Memorial 7711452
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Wood Finney (16 May 1829–26 Jan 1910), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7711452, citing Saint Lukes Cemetery, Subletts, Powhatan County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .