Ebenezer B. Finley

Ebenezer Byron Finley ( born July 31, 1833 in Orrville, Ohio; † August 22, 1916 in Bucyrus, Ohio ) was an American politician. Between 1877 and 1881 he represented the State of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Ebenezer Finley was the nephew of Congressman Stephen Ross Harris ( 1824-1905 ). He attended the common schools. After a subsequent law degree in 1862 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started in Bucyrus to work in this profession. At the beginning of the Civil War he helped in the establishment of a company of infantry. For some time he served as a lieutenant in this unit. Politically, he joined the Democratic Party.

In the congressional elections of 1876 Finley was in the 14th electoral district of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Jacob Pitzer Cowan on March 4, 1877. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1881 two legislative sessions. Since 1879 he represented there as a successor to J. Warren Keifer the eighth district of his state. Also since 1879, he headed the committee for public spending. In 1880 he gave up another candidacy.

After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives Ebenezer Finley practiced as a lawyer again. In 1884, he served as Adjutant General of Ohio Commander of the National Guard of his state. In addition, he served as a judge for the third judicial district of Ohio. He then continued his legal practice. He died on August 22, 1916 in Bucyrus, where he was also buried.