Michael Lawrence Finley

23 December 1887–26 April 1953 (Age 65)
Black River Falls, Jackson, Wisconsin, United States

The Life of Michael Lawrence

When Michael Lawrence Finley was born on 23 December 1887, in Black River Falls, Jackson, Wisconsin, United States, his father, Michael J. Finley, was 22 and his mother, Rebecca O'Shaughnessy, was 21. He married Marie Pauline Delaney on 5 August 1916, in Cook, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Jackson, Wisconsin, United States in 1887. He died on 26 April 1953, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 65, and was buried in Evanston, Cook, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Michael Lawrence Finley
Marie Pauline Delaney
Marriage: 5 August 1916
Mary Jane Finley
Elizabeth A Finley
Lawrence Joseph Finley
Richard Thomas Finley

Spouse and Children

5 August 1916
Cook, Illinois, United States


    Mary Jane Finley


    Elizabeth A Finley


    Lawrence Joseph Finley


    Richard Thomas Finley


Parents and Siblings

    Michael J. Finley


    Rebecca O'Shaughnessy






    Rebecca Finley


    Mary Jane Finley


    William Edward J Finley


+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1890 · The Sherman Antitrust Act

Age 3

This Act tried to prevent the raising of prices by restricting trade. The purpose of the Act was to preserve a competitive marketplace to protect consumers from abuse.
1892 · The Masonic Temple Building

Age 5

The Masonic Temple Building was a skyscraper built in Chicago and from 1895 to 1920 it was the tallest building in Chicago. The building featured a central court surrounded by shops on nine floors. On top of the shops there were meeting rooms that were also used as theaters. In 1939 the Masonic Temple was demolished, and a Walgreens drug store was erected in its place. 
1905 · The Industrial Workers of the World

Age 18

The Industrial Workers of the World was founded after a convention was held by radical trade unionists from all over the United States who opposed the policies of the American Federation of Labor. The IWW opposed the American Federation of Labor's acceptance of capitalism and its refusal to include unskilled workers in craft unions. The convention took place on June 24 and was referred by the workers as the Industrial Congress or the Industrial Union Convention. The IWW aimed to promote worker solidarity in the revolutionary struggle to overthrow the employing class.

Name Meaning

Scottish: from the Gaelic personal name Fionnlagh (Old Irish Findlaech), composed of the elements fionn ‘white’, ‘fair’ ( see Finn ) + laoch ‘warrior’, ‘hero’, which seems to have been reinforced by an Old Norse personal name composed of the elements finn ‘Finn’ + leikr ‘fight’, ‘battle’, ‘hero’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Michael L Finley, "United States Census, 1930"
  • M L Finley, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Lawrence Finley in household of Michel Finley, "United States Census, 1910"

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