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Robert Finley

Birthdate: (45)
Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, USA
Death: October 3, 1817 (45)
Athens, Clarke County, GA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of James Finley and Ann Finley
Husband of Esther Flynt Finley
Father of Hannah Smith McKinley

Managed by: Mike Noble
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About Robert Finley

Robert Finley (1772 – October 3, 1817) was briefly the president of the University of Georgia. (starter of American Colonization Society) Finley was born in Princeton, New Jersey, and graduated from College of New Jersey (later renamed Princeton University) at the age of 15. Finley was born to James Finley and Ann Angrest, James was born 1737 in Glasgow, Scotland where he was trained as a yarn merchant and where he became acquainted with Rev John Witherspoon who was then a pastor in the town of Paisley about six miles from Glasgow. James immigrated to New Jersey in 1769. His paternal grandparents were James Finley from Paisley, and Ann McDonald. He taught at several places, including Charleston, South Carolina, where many slaves existed. The Presbytery of New Brunswick, New Jersey licensed him as a minister in 1794. Finley returned to Princeton in 1793 to study Theology, and served as a tutor, eventually becoming a trustee of the university from 1806 until his resignation in 1817. In 1795, he was ordained as the Pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Basking Ridge, where he served for 20 years as a popular preacher and noted educator, and originated the concept of the modern Sunday


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Robert Finley's Timeline

Princeton, New Jersey, USA
December 1814
Age 42
Bernards, Somerset County, NJ, USA
October 3, 1817
Age 45
Athens, Clarke County, GA, USA