William E. Finck

William Edward Finck ( born September 1, 1822 in Somerset, Perry County, Ohio; † January 25, 1901 ) was an American politician. Between 1863 and 1867, and again in the years 1874 and 1875, he represented the state of Ohio in the U.S. House of Representatives.


William Finck attended the public schools of his home and then the St. Joseph 's College. After a subsequent law degree in 1843 and its recent approval as a lawyer, he started in Somerset working in this profession. Politically, he was a member of the Whig party. In 1850 he ran unsuccessfully for even the U.S. House of Representatives. A year later he was a member of the Senate of Ohio. In June 1852, he participated as a delegate at the national convention of the Whigs. After the dissolution of his party, he joined the Democrats. In 1861 he was again in the state Senate.

In the congressional elections of 1862 Finck in the twelfth electoral district of Ohio was in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Samuel S. Cox on March 4, 1863. After a re-election he was able to complete in Congress until March 3, 1867 two legislative sessions. During this time, ended the civil war. Since 1865 the work of the Congress was overshadowed by the tensions between the Republicans and President Andrew Johnson, which culminated in a narrowly failed impeachment. In addition, in 1865 the 13th Amendment was ratified.

In 1868, William Finck applied unsuccessfully for the post of judge at the Supreme Court of Ohio. Following the resignation of Mr Hugh J. Jewett, he was elected as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives at the due election for the twelfth seat of Ohio, where he was between 7 December 1874 to 3 March 1875, the current legislative period ended. After the end of his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he practiced as a lawyer again. He died on January 25, 1901 in his hometown of Somerset, where he was also buried.