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Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] more on Col John F Finerty Chicago Irish Leader
Date: Sat, 8 Dec 2007 21:59:06 -0600

June 10 1908Chicago Tribune


Irish Patriot and Orator Expires
at Early House This Morning


Widely Known as Journalist and
Speaker of Unusual Ability.

John F. Finerty, editor of the Chicago Citizen,
for many years prominent as a newspaper man,
lecturer, and Irish patriot, died at his residence,
3562 Grand Boulevard, at 12:40 o'clock this morning
at the age of 62 years. His wife and two children
were at his bedside when the end came. The patient
had been unconscious practically since midnight on Monday.

Col Finerty's illness was a long and trying one. He was
taken ill six months ago with a serious ailment of the liver,
which speedily brought him to his bed. And then,
with the exception of a few hopeful rallies, he grew steadily worse.

Col Finerty was born in Ireland in 1846. While still a youth he joined
the Irish revolutionary movement and through his activities in that
cause was forced to leave his native land. Arriving in the United
in 1864, he enlisted in a New York volunteer regiment and remained
with it until the end of the civil war.

He came to Chicago in 1866 and began his newspaper career first
as an occasional writer. He obtained a permanent position on the
Republican in 1868. He accompanied the two Fenian demonstrations
against the Canadian frontier. He became city editor of the Republican
in 1871 and held that position at the time of the Chicago fire.

Later he was on the staff of The Tribune. He joined the staff of the
Chicago Tribune in 1875. In the service of that paper he was assigned
in May, 1876, to accompany the command of Gen. Crook in the
expedition against the hostile Sioux and Cheyenne Indians. In that
memorable campaign Mr.Finerty was in most of the fights and received
special mention in by Gen Crook in orders for courageous conduct on
the field, especially in connection with the "Bibley Scout", a famous
figure of that day.

In 1877 Mr Finerty wrote an account of the troubles on the Rio Grande
frontier from personal observations made on both the Texas and Mexican
sides of the river. He made an extensive tour of old Mexico in 1878-79,
traveling on horseback or by buckboard from the City of Mexico to
El Paso del Norte. The "Boomer" troubles on the Canadian river took him
to Indian territory in the spring of 1879.

In July of that yar he joined Gen Miles campaign against the Sioux in
Montana. While on that expedition Mr Finerty visited the hostile
camps of
Sitting Bull and Rain-in-the-Face in he Woody mountains, across the
Canadian border. In October of that year he was with Gen Merritt's
which went to punish the Utes, who, in the wilds of Colorado, had
Indian Agen Mecker and repulsed and killed Maj Thornburgh.

Mr Finerty founded the Chicago Citizen in 1882. In the same year he was
elected to congress, where he ardently supported the new navy and coast
fortification bills. He was a warm supporter of James G. Blaine for the
presidency in 1884.

Always noted for his devotion to the cause of Irish liberty, Mr
Finerty materially
aided Parnell in his struggle for Irish autonomy. He was in sympathy
the cause of human lberty wherever it called his attention.

Mayor Dunne appointed Mr Finerty a member of the board of local
improvements, a position he held to the end. Mayor Bussse retained him.

Mr Finerty left a widow who, before her marriage, was MISS SADIE
and two adult children--John F. Finerty Jr, assistant attorney for
the New York
Central lines, and Miss Vera, a senior student at the University of

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