Gustavus A. Finkelnburg

Gustavus Adolphus Finkelnburg ( born April 6, 1837 in Rösrath - Venauen near Cologne, † May 18, 1908 in Denver, Colorado) was an American lawyer and politician of German origin. Between 1869 and 1873 he represented the State of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives.


In the revolutionary year of 1848 Gustav Finkelnburg emigrated with his mother and several brothers to America, the father and a brother (Carl Maria) wanted to follow him later. The family settled in Saint Charles ( Missouri), where he attended the local college. His mother and a brother returned after a few years returned to Germany. After a subsequent law studies at the Cincinnati Law School in Ohio and his 1860 was admitted as a lawyer in St. Louis, he began to work in this profession. During the Civil War he served in the army of the Union.

Politically, Finkelnburg joined the Republican Party. Between 1864 and 1868 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Missouri, which he was president in 1868. In the congressional elections of 1868 he was in the second electoral district of Missouri in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Carman A. Newcomb on March 4, 1869. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1873 two legislative sessions. Since 1871, he represented the short-lived Liberal Republican Party, which opposed the radical Republicans and wanted to prevent a re-election of President Ulysses S. Grant.

After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives to Finkelnburg withdrew from politics. In 1905 he succeeded by Elmer Bragg Adams federal judge at the Federal District Court for the Eastern part of Missouri was. This office he held until his resignation on March 31, 1907. Gustavus Finkelnburg died on May 18, 1908 in Denver and was buried in St. Louis.