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Accession 167

Inclusive Dates

ca. 1900-1970


Open under the rules and regulations of the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections

Collection Size

500 pieces, 0.25 linear feet



Historical Note

William Gist Finley (1895-1969) was a York, SC native and graduated from Georgetown University School of Law in 1921. He was a York County Attorney from 1927 to 1930 and served as an attorney and Solicitor of the Sixth Judicial Circuit (1930-1950). He was also Vice President of the South Carolina Bar Association (1936-1953) and President of the York County Bar Association (1949-1950).

Scope and Content Note

William Gist Finley (1895-1969) was a lawyer and solicitor of the Sixth Judicial Circuit (1930-1950) from York, SC. The William Gist Finley Papers consist of biographical data, correspondence, photographs, speeches, newspaper clippings, and other papers relating to Finley’s career and death, and to York County’s history. Includes biographical sketch of David Edward Finley, a history of York, South Carolina, York Associate Reformed Presbyterian (ARP) Church history, Bethel Presbyterian Church history, York County Bible Society records, Kings Mountain National Park, Rose Hill State Park near Union, South Carolina, and the Carolina and Northwestern Railroad.


The papers of William Gist Finley, attorney and solicitor, were deposited by Mrs. William Gist Finley with the Winthrop Archives on February 20, 1978.


Law, South Carolina Sixth Judicial Circuit, York SC History, York County SC, Church History, Kings Mountain National Park, David Edward Finley, Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Church, Rose Hill State Park Union County SC, Carolina and North Western Railway, Secession, Local History, Railroads


For information concerning copyright please contact the Louise Pettus Archives and Special Collections at Winthrop University.

William Gist Finley Papers - Accession 167