Finley, Robert Smith

Finley, Robert Smith a Presbyterian minister, was born at Basking Ridge, New Jersey, May 9,1804, and was educated at Princeton College. He studied law, and was admitted to the bar at Cincinnati; but in 1833 he determined to enter the ministry, and spent a short time at Lane Seminary. In 1835 he was licensed by-the Presbytery of Mississippi, and was ordained in 1842. His first charge was Pine Grove, La.; and for some time he was missionary among the slaves near Natchez. For six years he edited, at St. Louis, the Liberian "Advocate, devoted to African colonization, 'in which cause he was greatly interested through life. In 1850 he became pastor of the Presbyterian church at Metuchin, N. J., and in 1858 principal of the Presbyterian Female Institute at Talladega, Ala., where he died July 2,1860.--Wilson, Presbyterian Almanac, 1861, p. 85.

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