York in York County, South Carolina — The American South (South Atlantic)
David E. Finley Birthplace
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.
Erected 2000 by Yorkville Historical Society. (Marker Number 46-30.)
Location. 34° 59.94′ N, 81° 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.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Town of Yorkville / Town of York King's Mountain Military Academy Site / Micah Jenkins (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Historic York (approx. 0.4 miles away); York County Courthouse (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); York County Confederate Monument (approx. half a mile away); Barnett Brothers Circus, 1929 ~ 1945 / Bennett Brothers Circus, 1929 ~ 1938 (approx. 0.6 miles away); King's Mountain Battleground (approx. 3 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 (Submitted on September 16, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
2. About the National Gallery of Art. The National Gallery of Art was created in 1937 for the people of the United States of America by a joint resolution of Congress, accepting the gift of financier and art collector Andrew W. Mellon. (Submitted on September 16, 2008, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
3. 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 (Submitted on November 12, 2008.)
4. National Trust for Historic Preservation. Chaired by Finley 1950-1962. (Submitted on February 28, 2009, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.)
5. 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.)
Categories. • Arts, Letters, Music • Landmarks • Military • Notable Buildings • Notable Persons • War, World I •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 6, 2008, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,384 times since then and 10 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. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.