David E. Finley

David Edward Finley ( born February 28, 1861 in Trenton, Phillips County, Arkansas, † January 26, 1917 in Charlotte, North Carolina ) was an American politician. Between 1899 and 1917 he represented the state of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives.


David Finley attended the public schools in Rock Hill and in Ebenezer (South Carolina). After a subsequent law degree at South Carolina College, now the University of South Carolina, and its made ​​in 1886 admitted to the bar he began in York to work in his new profession. At the same time he began a political career as a member of the Democratic Party.

In the years 1890 and 1891 was Finley deputy in the House of Representatives from South Carolina; 1892 to 1896 he was in the state Senate. At the same time he was also curator of the University of South Carolina. In 1898 he was in the fifth constituency of South Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Thomas J. Strait on March 4, 1899. After he was confirmed in the following elections in his mandate, he could remain until his death on 26 January 1917 at the Congress. Also in 1916 he was elected again. However, he could no longer take the beginning on March 4, 1917 new legislature. After a by-election from his position fell to Paul G. McCorkle. While Finley's time in Congress were adopted there in 1913, the 16th and the 17th Amendment. It was about the nationwide introduction of the income tax and the direct election of U.S. senators.

Finley's son David (1890-1977) made ​​himself a name in the cultural field. He also served as director of the National Gallery of Art and chairman of the United States Commission of Fine Arts.