Charles Finley (politician)
Louisville Courier-Journal, March 10, 1900.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Kentucky's 11th district
February 15, 1930 – March 3, 1933
|Preceded by||John M. Robsion|
|Succeeded by||District eliminated|
|53rd and 55th Secretary of State of Kentucky|
January 1, 1896 – December 10, 1899
December 12, 1899 – December 29, 1899
|Governor||William O'Connell Bradley|
|Preceded by||John W. Headley|
John W. Headley
|Succeeded by||John W. Headley|
|Member of the Kentucky House of Representatives|
|Born||March 26, 1865|
|Died||March 18, 1941 (aged 75)|
|Resting place||Highland Cemetery|
|Relations||Hugh Franklin Finley (father)|
|Alma mater||Milligan College|
|Profession||Coal mine operator, banker, and publisher|
Finley was born in Williamsburg, Kentucky, where he attended the common and subscription schools. Later, he attended Milligan College. He engaged in business as a coal operator, banker, and publisher.
On January 30, 1900, Democrat William Goebel was shot while the results of the previous year's election for Governor of Kentucky was still being contested; Goebel was declared the winner, and died shortly afterwards. Finley was one of several Republicans suspected of involvement; they were indicted, and arrest warrants were issued. Along with several others, Finley fled to Indiana to escape prosecution. The Republican governor there refused to honor extradition requests, and they continued to reside in Indiana while the case was litigated. In 1909, Kentucky Governor Augustus E. Willson extended clemency to Finley and other suspects; they never faced trial, and then returned to Kentucky.
Finley was chairman of the Republican executive committee of the Eleventh Kentucky Congressional District from 1912 to 1928. He was elected as a Republican to the Seventy-first Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of John M. Robsion and was reelected to the Seventy-second Congress and served from February 15, 1930 to March 3, 1933. He was not a candidate for renomination in 1932.
- United States Congress. "Charles Finley (id: F000130)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
- "Gov. Willson Boldly Issues Sweeping Pardons Before Trial of Alleged Assassins of Gov. Goebel". The Courier-Journal. Louisville, KY. April 24, 1909. p. 1.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
- "Goebel Slaying Suspect, Charles Finley, Dies". The Courier-Journal. Louisville, KY. March 20, 1941. p. 15.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
|U.S. House of Representatives|
John M. Robsion
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 11th congressional district
1930 – 1933 (obsolete district)