Biography of George W. Finch
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Finch, George W., was born in Valley Falls, N. Y , August 23, 1824. He is a son of Lemuel S. and Ann Eliza (Woolman) Finch, who was a native of Pittstown, and son of Louis Finch, a native of Columbia county, N. Y., and came to Pittstown at an early day. The father of Mr. Finch was a farmer and deputy sheriff; he died July 2, 1875, and his wife died March 27, 1876. Mr. Finch was educated in common schools and Poultney Academy and studied engineering and surveying. He was connected with the Tray and Boston Railroad for about thirty two years, and for seven years had charge as chief engineer of the road. He was also a builder and contractor and was engineer of the bridge at Valley Falls and Johnsonville and was resident engineer for the Schaghticoke Powder Co., changing from the old system to the electrical system. Mr. Finch was married December 31, 1846, to Louisa Baker of Stillwater, N. Y., by whom has been born seven children: Alice L., Mary J., Philip B., Frederick B., Fannie L. (deceased), Helen M. and Lemuel. S. Mr. Finch is a member of Victor Lodge No. 680, F. & A. M., and was its first master for nine consecutive years and afterwards for six years. He also was a member of Schaghticoke Lodge No. 216, I. O. O. F., and was a member of the 96th N. Y. Vol. State Militia and held every office from private to lieutenant colonel; his first commission was signed by Horatio Seymour, then governor of the State. He also served for fourteen years in the Schaghticoke and Langsingburgh artillery companies.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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