ERNEST L. FINLEY, a lawyer and citizen of prominence of Steubenville, O., has been identified with the Jefferson County bar since March, 1894, and comes of one of the prominent and old established families of the county.
His grandfather, Robert Emmett Finley, a native of Ireland, came to Jefferson County, Ohio, about 1820 and was engaged in the practice of medicine here until his death in 1866. Dr. James Emmett Finley, father of Ernest L. , was born in Mt. Pleasant, Jefferson County, Ohio and has for years been one of the prominent physicians of the county.
Ernest L. Finley was born in Logan County, Ohio, but was reared in Jefferson County. He obtained his education in the local schools and at the University of Wooster, from which he took his degrees of A. B. and A. M. After a post graduate course in law and literary work at the University of Michigan he entered the office of Judge Richards and in March, 1894, was admitted to the Jefferson County bar. He was engaged in the practice of law at Steubenville until 1897, when he located at Mt. Pleasant, where he was attorney for several coal companies and carried on a general practice until 1901. He then returned to Steubenville, where he has built up a lucrative practice. Since 1902, Mr. Finley has been United States Commissioner of the district.
In 1901, Mr. Finley was joined in marriage with Julia B. White, who is a daughter of J. A. White, of Mt. Pleasant, O., and to them have been born two children, Elizabeth Louise and Catherine Ricks. Mr. Finley holds membership in the Second Presbyterian Church of Steubenville, and the Young Men;s Christian Association. He also belongs to the Knights of Pythias, the B.P.O.E., and to a Greek letter fraternity. Mr. Finley is an active and useful citizen of Steubenville and possesses in a high degree the confidence and esteem of his fellowmen. His influence is always on the side of progress and good government.