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John Frederick Finerty (September 10, 1846 - June 10, 1908) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois.


Born in Galway, Ireland, Finerty completed preparatory studies. He immigrated to the United States in 1864. He enlisted in the Union Army during the Civil War and served in the Ninety-ninth Regiment, New York State Militia. He was a correspondent for the Chicago Times in the Sioux War of 1876, in the Northern Indian (Sioux) War of 1879, in the Ute campaign of 1879, and afterward in the Apache campaign of 1881. He was a correspondent in Washington, D.C. during the sessions of the Forty-sixth Congress (1879–1881). He established the Citizen, a weekly newspaper, in Chicago in 1882.

Finerty was elected as an Independent Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1883-March 3, 1885). He served as member of the board of local improvements 1906-1908. He died in Chicago, and was interred in Calvary Cemetery.


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