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INDIAN WARS AND PIONEERS OF TEXAS.
NEWTON WEBSTER FINLEY,
Hon. N. W. Finley, one of the most widely influential
men in public life in Texas, and a lawyer
whose abilities have won for him the distinguished
position of Judge of the Court of Civil Appeals, was
born in Lauderdale County, Miss. (near the famous
Lauderdale Springs), July 31, 1854, in which
year his parents, Rev. Robert S. and Mary H.
Finley, moved to Texas. They first settled on a
farm near Kickapoo, in Anderson County, and
Soon after securing license Judge Finley formed a
connection with H. G. Robertson, Esq., and engaged
in practice in Smith County. Afterwards,
Hon. Horace Chilton, now a United States Senator
from Texas, became a member of the firm, which,
under the style of Chilton, Robertson no minister of the gospel in this State is so widely
?: : : and generally beloved. *
i?~:-g' ,'~ -N. W. Finley was educated in the common
schools of this State, and began reading law while
?-;5,, 'still a pupil at school. He received law lectures
zi~ : -froIm Gen. Thomas J., Jennings, then living at
gg/^j: Y ler, and was admitted to the bar in June, 1876.
bF jneu Willia.m .Bonner, At Qitman, Texs.
ler, a connection that lasted until Judge Finley wa"appointed
to the bench of the Court of Civil Ap ,
peals at Dallas, Texas, by Governor James S. Hogg,t
in 1893. Judge Finley did not seek the appointment.
He was elected to the position in 1894, and
is now filling it with eminent satisfaction to the profession
and the people at large. .
He was elected chairman of the State Dnemocratic
Executive Committee in 1888 and was re-elected in1890.
During his term of service in this highly
important position, two of the most famous political
campaigns ever fought in Texas took place and
be managed the Democratie: fores with a constm
lill that resu iten ia Terelming victor
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Brown, John Henry. Indian wars and pioneers of Texas, book, 1880~; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth6725/m1/497/: accessed March 21, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .