About John King Findlay
West Point 1824, Graduated #5
His military record, as given in Cullum's Register of Graduates, is as follows: Brevet Second Lieutenant Third Artillery and Second Lieutenant First Artillery, July 1, 1824. Served at the Military Academy 1824-1825, as Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Mineralogy and Geology, and Assistant Professor of Geography, History and Ethics; from April 1825 to May, 1828, on topographical duty.
He resigned May 13, 1828 and pursued law.
John King Findlay (born near Mercersburg, May 12, 1803; died in Spring Lake, New Jersey, September 13, 1885) was a noted jurist. He graduated from the United States Military Academy in 1824, and was assigned to the 1st Artillery of the U.S. Army. He was assistant professor of chemistry, mineralogy, and geology at West Point from August 29 until November 4, 1824, of geography, history, and ethics until April 17, 1825, and was on topographical duty until May 13, 1828, when he resigned. In 1831, he was admitted to the Pennsylvania bar. He was recorder of Lancaster in 1841–1845, judge of the Philadelphia District Court 1845–1851, and president of the 3rd Judicial District of Pennsylvania in 1857–1862. After this he practised law in Philadelphia. John King Findlay was a captain of militia 1840–1845 and 1852–1856. He published an enlarged edition of Archbold's Law of Nisi Prius (2 vols., Philadelphia, 1852).