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Thomas Dunn Finney, Jr.

Male 1925 - 1978  (52 years)


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  • Name Thomas Dunn Finney 
    Suffix Jr. 
    Born 20 Jun 1925  Idabel, McCurtain Co., Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Census 4 Apr 1930  Idabel, McCurtain Co., Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Address:
    South Central Ave 
    Residence 1 Apr 1935  McCurtain Co., Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • Rural McCurtain County
    Census 8 May 1940  White Township, McCurtain Co., Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Residence 1960  Bethesda, Montgomery Co., Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Address:
    5608 Brite Dr 
    Died 6 Feb 1978  Bethesda, Montgomery Co., Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    • Thomas D. Finney Jr., 52, a Washington lawyer who had been associated with a number of top political figures, died Monday at his home in Bethesda.

      He suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

      He was a member of the prestigious law firm of Clifford, Glass, McIlwain and Finney, which he had joined in 1963. He had not practiced law actively, however, for the last eight months.

      Mr. Finney came to Washington in 1957 as administrative assistant to Sen. A.S. Mike Monroney (D-Okia.), remaining in that position until 1963.

      He built a reputation as a politician and legislative strategists, and during this period was a major author of the Federal Aviation Act.

      In 1960, Mr. Finney worked with Adlai E. Stevenson and organized the remarkable gallery demonstration for Stevenson at the Democratic convention that year.Later, the victor, President John F. Kennedy, borrowed Mr. Finney to work on the Trade Expansion Act, which Mr. Kennedy considered one of his most outstanding achievements. Mr. Finney advised the president as a member of his Task Force on Foreign Policy, as deputy special assistant to the president for Foreign Trade Policy and as director of congressional liaison for the Trade Expansion Act.

      In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson asked Mr. Finney to go to Mississippi with Allen Dulles when disorders develop there involving the registration of black voters.

      Mr. Finney recommended the FBI agents be sent to the rural counties of Mississippi to monitor the registration. That same year he was special counsel to the credentials committee at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City.

      Mr. Finney was credited with being among the key figures who helped solve the politically explosive dispute over which a delegation from Mississippi would be recognized.

      In 1968, Mr. Finney took a leave of absence from his law firm to work in the presidential campaign of Eugene McCarthy. He was considered to have the most political expertise in the organization.

      Mr. Finney directed McCarthy's primary victory over Robert Kennedy in Oregon, visited the Kennedy family when Robert Kennedy was assassinated and remained the McCarthy liaison with Kennedy's followers.

      Born in Idabel, Okla., Mr. Finney served as a Navy officer toward the end of World War II and then earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma where he received a law degree in 1948.

      He practised in Idabel for three years with his father, the late Thomas D. Finney, a pioneer trial lawyer. He then served with the Central Intelligence Agency in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 1952 to 1955.

      Before joining Sen. Monroney in Washington, Mr. Finney was in private law practise in Oklahoma City.

      He was a director of Continental Airlines and general counsel to the Proprietary Association. He was a trustee of the Citizens' Research Foundation.

      Mr. Finney was a member of the American, Oklahoma, D.C. and Federal Bar associations, the American Judicature Society, Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity, the National Lawyers Club and the Federal City Club.

      He is survived by his wife, Sally Van Horn Finney, daughters, Susan Ford of Oklahoma City, and the Rev. Kathleen Finney, of Roanoke.; Va.; his mother, Bettie Higgs Finney, of Idabel, and two grandchildren.

      The family suggests that expressions of sympathy be in the form of contributions to the Washington Hospice Society or the Thomas D. Finney Memorial Fund at Washington Cathedral.
    Person ID I2921  Scott Dickson's Family
    Last Modified 7 Mar 2021 

    Father Thomas Dunn Finney,   b. 21 Feb 1899, Lawrenceburg, Lawrence Co., Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jun 1968, Paris, Lamar, Texas, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Bettie Higgs,   b. 24 Nov 1903, DeQueen, Sevier Co., Arkansas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 May 2000, Edmond, Oklahoma Co., Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years) 
    Married 15 Mar 1924  Idabel, McCurtain Co., Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • For some reason, the marriage record calls Aunt Bettie Bettie Jane. No one can ever recall her having any sort of middle name. None of her sisters had middle names.
    Family ID F260  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sally Van Horn,   b. 22 Mar 1924,   d. 3 Jun 1984, Washington, District of Columbia, United States Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years) 
    Children 
     1. S.D. Finney
     2. Kathleen Finney,   b. 19 Mar 1948,   d. 24 Apr 2002, Aurora, Cayuga Co., New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 54 years)
     3. D.G. Finney
     4. T.D. Finney, III
    Last Modified 19 Mar 2021 
    Family ID F798  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Jun 1925 - Idabel, McCurtain Co., Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - Address:
    South Central Ave - 4 Apr 1930 - Idabel, McCurtain Co., Oklahoma
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    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1 Apr 1935 - McCurtain Co., Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 8 May 1940 - White Township, McCurtain Co., Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Address:
    5608 Brite Dr - 1960 - Bethesda, Montgomery Co., Maryland
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    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Feb 1978 - Bethesda, Montgomery Co., Maryland Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
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  • Sources 
    1. [S604] SSDI - Ancestry, 23 December 2014; Thomas Finney; 444-12-6139; Oklahoma (Before 1951).

    2. [S855] U.S., Department of Veterans Affairs BIRLS Death File, 1850-2010, 27 March 2017; Thomas Finney, SSN 444126139.

    3. [S1057] U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007, 27 March 2017; Thomas Dunn Finney Jr, SSN 444126139.

    4. [S1787] 1930 US Federal Census, McCurtain Co., OK, Idabel; ED 45-17; Sheet 6-A; Dwelling 119, Family 128; Tom Finney.

    5. [S680] 1940 US Federal Census, McCurtain Co., OK, White Township; ED 45-32; sheet 15-B; dwelling 268; Thomas D. Finney; 22 July 2012.

    6. [S688] U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989, 27 March 2017; Finney, Thos D, Silver Spring, Maryland City Directory, 1960.

    7. [S1069] Oklahoma, County Marriages, 1890-1995, 27 March 2017; Bettie Jane Higgs to Thomas Dunn Finney, 15 Mar 1924, Idabel, McCurtain Co.


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