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FINDLEY, William, politician, born in the north of Ireland about 1750; died in Unity township, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, 5 April 1821. He came to Pennsylvania in early life, served in the Revolution, and at its close removed to the western part of the state, where he soon became active in politics. He was a member of the legislature and of the State convention t, hat adopted the Federal constitution, which he actively opposed as a step toward centralization. He was eleven times elected to congress, serving in 1791'9 and 1803'17. Mr. Findley was an earnest supporter of Thomas Jefferson, and a fluent speaker, he published a "Review of the Funding System" (1794); "History of the Insurrection of the Four Western Counties of Pennsylvania" (Philadelphia, 1796); and several pamphlets on matters of political interest.
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