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David E. Finley Birthplace

 
 
David E. Finley Birthplace Marker </b>(front) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, September 6, 2008
1. David E. Finley Birthplace Marker (front)
Inscription.  
[Front]:
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.

[Reverse]:
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.
 
Erected 2000 by Yorkville Historical Society. (Marker Number 46-30.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicWar, World I. A significant historical year for this entry is 1937.
 
Location. 34° 59.94′ N, 81° 
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14.302′ W. Marker is in York, South Carolina, in York County. Marker is on N. Congress St (State Highway 49) just north of Blackburn Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: York SC 29745, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Historic York, S.C. (approx. ¼ mile away); Town of Yorkville / Town of York (approx. 0.3 miles away); King's Mountain Military Academy Site / Micah Jenkins (approx. 0.4 miles away); York County Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); a different marker also named Historic York (approx. 0.4 miles away); York County Courthouse (approx. 0.4 miles away); York County Courthouses (approx. 0.4 miles away); Trinity M. E. Church, South (approx. 0.4 miles away); Bratton House Site / Jefferson Davis's Flight (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in York.
 
More about this marker. Although its numbered 46-30, it is the second marked so numbered in York County; it is numbered by the Department of Archives and History to by the 29th marker in York County.
 
Also see . . .
1. David E. Finley, Jr. David Edward Finley, Jr. (September 1, 1890 – February 1, 1977) was an American cultural leader during the middle third of the 20th century. (Submitted on September 16, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
David E. Finley Birthplace Marker </b>(reverse) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, September 6, 2008
2. David E. Finley Birthplace Marker (reverse)
 

2. David Finley: Quiet Force for America’s Arts. 2006 book by David A. Doheny. “Throughout his long and remarkable lifetime, David E. Finley (1890–1977) made brilliant contributions to the cultural life of this country. Yet less than thirty years after his death, his name is barely known. In [this book], biographer David Doheny revitalizes Finley’s legacy, presenting the compelling story of his life and incorporating fascinating excerpts from recently discovered private journals, published here for the first time. As the first director of the National Gallery of Art, founding chairman of the board of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and a key player in creating the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., Finley used his matchless contacts and legendary powers of persuasion to establish institutions that today preserve and display masterpieces of western European and American art, a rich heritage of architectural properties across the United States, and an exceptional visual record of notable figures in American history.” (Submitted on November 12, 2008.) This website may earn income if you use this link to make a purchase on Amazon.com. 

3. National Trust for Historic Preservation. Chaired by Finley
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Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, September 6, 2008
3. David E. Finley Birthplace Marker
1950-1962. (Submitted on February 28, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

4. Andrew W. Mellon. Andrew William Mellon (March 24, 1855 — August 27, 1937) was an American banker, industrialist, philanthropist, art collector and Secretary of the Treasury from March 4, 1921 until February 12, 1932. (Submitted on February 28, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
David E. Finley Birthplace and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, September 6, 2008
4. David E. Finley Birthplace and Marker
David E. Finley Birthplace image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Stanley and Terrie Howard, September 6, 2008
5. David E. Finley Birthplace
Andrew W. Mellon<br>(1855-1937) image. Click for full size.
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6. Andrew W. Mellon
(1855-1937)
David E. Finley Birthplace from street corner image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Parker, February 17, 2024
7. David E. Finley Birthplace from street corner
David E. Finley Birthplace from N. Congress St. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mark Parker, February 17, 2024
8. David E. Finley Birthplace from N. Congress St.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 23, 2024. It was originally submitted on September 6, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 2,019 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 6, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   6. submitted on February 28, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   7, 8. submitted on February 18, 2024, by Mark Parker of Hickory, North Carolina. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.

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