Senator George L. Finn View All Years

Compiled Historical Information
Date of Death: 11/6/1902
Party Affiliation: Republican
Assemblies Served:
Senate: 22 (1888) - 25 (1894)
House: 21 (1886)
Home County: Taylor
George L. Finn
Taylor County
A man who will always have his little joke is Senator George L. Finn of Taylor county. He was born in Orange county. New York in 1846, and attended Wakill academy at Middletown. On account of his youth it was not until 1865 he entered the army. He served a short time in the 193rd New York infantry as color sergeant. The wild west facinated him for three years after the war closed, After he had experienced as much roughing it as desired he settled at Bedford, Iowa, his present home. In 1870 he entered the law department of the State University at Iowa City, and graduated two years later. Returning to Bedford he took up the practice of law, and has been successful. He was elected to the House of Representatives of the Twenty-First General Assembly and there made a record as an anti-monopolist. Two years later he ran for Senator, and in spite of tremendeous efforts made to down him he was elected. In the Twenty-third General Assembly he was quite outspoken on anti-monopoly legislation, but since that time has been more moderate in his methods while not materially changed as to views. He was a prominent candidate for lieutenant governor before the Republican State convention in 1889. In the Senate he always has been an intense partisan. Few men are more talked about than he. He is frequently heard in discussion, and more than once has upset the dignity of the upper House by some slight and humorous turn of another Senator's remarks. He is a member of the Masons, Knights of Pythias and Grand Army.