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FINLEY, John, poet, born in Brownsburg, Rockbridge County, Virginia, 11 January 1797; died in Richmond, Indiana, 23 December, 1866. He received a common school education, removed about 1818 to Cincinnati, Ohio, and in 1823 to Richmond, Ind. He was one of the editors and proprietors of the Richmond "Palladium " in 1831'4, a member of the legislature for three years, and enrolling clerk of the state senate for an equal period. He was clerk of the Wayne County courts in 1838'45, and mayor of Richmond from 1852 till his death. Mr. Finley's poems were collected in a volume entitled "The Hoosier's Nest and Other Poems" (Cincinnati, 1865). The best known of these is "Bachelor's Hall."
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