David Edward Finley Edit Profile
He attended the public schools of Rock Hill, South Carolina and Ebenezer, South Carolina and was graduated from the law department of South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia, South Carolina in 1885.
He was admitted to the bar in 1886 and commenced practice in York, South Carolina. He also served in the South Carolina Senate 1892-1896. He served as a trustee of the University of South Carolina 1890-1896.
He was elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-sixth and to the eight succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1899, until his death. Prior to dying, he had been reelected to the Sixty-fifth Congress. He died in Charlotte, North Carolina on January 26, 1917 and was buried in Rose Hill Cemetery, York, South Carolina.
Finley's son, Finley, Jr., a prominent cultural leader in the United States in the 20th Century, served as the first director of the National Gallery of Art and the founding chairman of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Member South Carolina. House of Representatives, 1890-1891 (Chairman of Commission ways and means). Member South Carolina.
Senate, 1892-1896 (chairman finance committee). Member 56th to 64th Congresses (1899-1917), 5th South Carolina.
Married Elizabeth Lewis Gist, October 9, 1889.