David E. Finley Birthplace

David E. Finley Birthplace (HM76K)

Location: York, SC 29745 York County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 59.94', W 81° 14.302'

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David Edward Finley, Jr. (1890-1977), first director of the National Gallery of Art, was born in this house. Finley moved to Washington, D.C. as a child when his father was elected to Congress and was educated at the University of S.C. and George Washington University Law School. He practiced law, served in World War I, then worked for Secretary of the Treasury Andrew W. Mellon.

Finley and Andrew W. Mellon worked for years to establish a national art gallery with Mellon's collection as its nucleus, but Mellon died in 1937 just as the project began.Finley directed the construction of the National Gallery and was its director 1938-1956, building it into "a treasure trove of art." He was also chairman of the National Trust for Historic Preservation 1950-1962.
HM NumberHM76K
Marker Number46-30
Year Placed2000
Placed ByYorkville Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 12th, 2014 at 11:17pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 478248 N 3872958
Decimal Degrees34.99900000, -81.23836667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 59.94', W 81° 14.302'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 59' 56.40" N, 81° 14' 18.12" W
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Area Code(s)803
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 200 N Congress St, York SC 29745, US
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