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William W. Fincher, Jr. Papers

William W. Fincher, Jr. Papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: William W. Fincher, Jr. Papers
Creator: Fincher, William W., Jr., 1914-2006
Inclusive Dates: 1960s-1990s
Language(s): English
Extent: 14 box(es) (11.25 linear feet)
Collection Number: RBRL/358
Repository: Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies
Abstract: William W. Fincher served in the Georgia State Senate from 1965-1991. His committee assignments included Higher Education, Health and Welfare, Banking Finance, Appropriations, Human Resources, and Interstate Cooperation. Prior to his service in the state senate, Fincher was a pharmacist in Chatsworth, GA and operated a theaters in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. The collection consists of personal and official correspondence; constituent letters from Murray, Catoosa, and Whitfield counties; photographs; and memorabilia.

Collection Description

Biographical Note

William Wesley "Bill" Fincher Jr. was born on May 16, 1914 in Cherokee County, son of William Wesley Fincher Sr. and Mary Amanda Chambers Fincher. He completed pharmacy school at the University of South Carolina then followed in his father's footsteps and opened Fincher Drug Company in Chatsworth, Georgia in 1935. There he met Eunice (Peg) Loughridge and they were married in 1936. After 16 years as a pharmacist, Fincher sold his drug store and operated a chain of theathers in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. He was active in a number of local organizations in Murray and Whitfield counties and was a loyal supporter of Dalton State College. He served a trustee for DSC from 1972 to 1982 and again from 1991 to 1996.

In 1964, Fincher was elected to the 54th District of the Georgia State Senate which at that time was made up of portions of Murray, Catoosa, and Whitfield counties. He served for 26 years in the senate from 1965 to 1991. He was chairman of the Higher Education Committee and the Health and Welfare Committee. He was also a member of the Banking and Finance Committee, Appropriations Committee, Human Resources Committe, and Interstate Cooperation Committee.

He and his wife Peg had a family of three daughters and ten grandchildren. Together they founded the Fincher-Loughridge Foundation in 1985 to support colleges, churches, and youth homes in North Georgia. After leaving office Bill remained active in Murray County and in the community.

Fincher passed away on April 15, 2006 at the age of 91.

Scope and Content

The William W. Fincher Jr. papers consists of correspondence and records written by Fincher, and a collection of newspaper articles, photographs and memorabilia that was collected by Fincher during his years of service in the Georgia State Senate (1964-1990). The papers document his activities at the state capitol and in his senate district 54 that was at that time made up of portions of Murray, Catoosa, and Whitfield Counties.

Organization and Arrangement

The papers are divided into three series and two subseries: Series I. Office Files -Subseries A. Clippings -Subseries B. Chronological Files Series II. Photographs Series III. Memorabilia

Arrangement is by record type then chronological order when possible.

Administrative Information

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Preferred citation

William W. Fincher, Jr. Papers, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.

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Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Georgia -- Politics and government -- 1951-
Georgia. General Assembly. Senate.
Governors -- Georgia -- Photographs.
Legislators -- Georgia -- Correspondence.

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing


Series I. Office Files


Subseries A. Clippings

Fincher Family and Business, 1964-1990
District 54 Local News, 1964-1990
Campaign Ads and Articles, 1964-1990
Fincher in the General Assembly, 1964-1990
Political News, 1960-1969
Political News, 1970-1974
Political News, 1975-1979
Political News, 1980-1989
Political News, 1990-1999
General Assembly News, 1973,1976-1988

Subseries B. Chronological Files

125-30Correspondence, 1964-1970
21-17Correspondence, 1971-1987
31-9Correspondence, 1988-1992,1996-1999
310-11Teletype Messages, 1967
312Resolutions, 1964-1990
313Legislature Bills, 1964-1990
314Certificates, 1970-1980
315Speeches, 1964-1990
316Senate Identification, 1964-1990
317General Assembly
318Bumper Stickers, 1964-1990
319Business Cards, Name Tags, Invitations, 1964-1990
320Clippings and Brochures, 1964-1992
321News Clippings, 1958-1965
322First Methodist Church (Chatsworth, GA) bulletins, 1958
323Tribute to Eunice L. "Peg" Fincher , 1928-2013
324Tribute to W.W."Bill" Fincher, Jr., 1965-2013
ER 1Northwest Georgia Business Hall of Fame Induction Videos [digital files], 2013
Junior Achievement of Georgia presents the 2013 Northwest Georgia Business Hall of Fame Induction. The videos feature interviews with associates of inductees William W. Fincher, Jr., David Pennington, and Joe Yarbrough.

Series II. Photographs

325Photographs with Cards & Letters, 1970-1996
326-29Photographs, 1964-1992
330Photographs with Lester Maddox, 1964-1996
331Photographs with Jimmy Carter, 1970-1990
332Photographs with George Busbee, 1975-1983
41Photographs with Joe Frank Harris, 1983-1990
42Photographs with Zell Miller, 1980-2000
43Senate Chamber, 1964-1990
44Bill and Peggy Fincher with Family & Friends, 1964-2000
45Peg, Jean, and Florence, 1970-2000
46Black and White Photographs, 1964-2000
47Certificates of Appreciation, 1964-2000
48Pictures, 1965-1990
49Ringgold Olympics, 1983
410-11VIP Photographs, 1965-1992
412State Capitol Photographs, 1965-1990
413Senate Mementos, 1990
414W.W.(Bill) Fincher, Jr., 1965-1998
415Georgia Commission on Bicentennial of U.S.Constitution, 1988
416Photographs adhered to glass, 1975-1981

Series III. Memorabilia

5Plaque - Public Servant of the Year, 1991
5Gavel - Chairman Temperance, circa
5Plaque - Georgia Sheriffs Association, undated
5Plaque - Rotary Club of Canton, 1937-1957
5Plaque - Democratic Party Service Appreciation , 1990
5Plaque - North Georgia United Methodist, 1999
5Plaque - The Citizens of Catoosa County, 1990
5Plaque - Chatswoth / Murray County Chamber of Commerce, 1977-1990
5Plaque - Democratic National Convention, 1988
5Nameplate - Chairman of Health & Welfare Committee, undated
5Nameplate - Chairman of Higher Education Committee, undated
5Nameplate - Chairman of Human Resources Committee, undated
6General Assembly Directories - 1965-66, 1967-68, 1969-70, 1971-72, 1973-74, 1975-76, 1977-78, 1979-80, 1981-82, 1983-84, 1985-86, 1987-88, 1989-90, 1991-92, 1993-94, 1995-96, 1997-98, 1965-1998
6Rules of the Senate, 1965-1972
6Committees of the State Senate, 1967-1972, 1983-1984
6Committees of the House of Representatives, 1969-1971
6Legisltive Manual, 1965-1966
6General Assembly Handbook, 1966
6Rules of State Democratic Executive Committee, 1966
6Georgia Directory of US Congressmen, State and County Officers, 1990
7Commission by Secretary Of State - 1/1967-1/1969, 1/1969-1/1971, 1/1971-1/1973, 1/1973-1/1975, 1/1977-1/19791/1979-1/1981, 1/1981-1/1983, 1/1983-1/1985, 1/1985-1/1987, 1/1987-1/1989., 1967-1989
7Commission by Governor - 1963, 1967, 1971, 1979, 1983, 1987, 1963 - 1987
7State map showing senate districts, 1979-1980, 1983-1984
7Photograph - Delegate luncheon, 1955
7Posters - School Finance at a Glance, 1983-1984
7Map of Middle East, 1991
8Members of the Senate posters, 1967-1975, 1977, 1979, 1989
8Members of the House of Representative posters, 1969-1972
8Jim Pannell for Lt. Governor poster, undated
8Presidential Inaugural Edition poster, 1977
8Senate Resolution 348 - Speedy recovery to W.W. Fincher, 1972
9Members of the Senate posters - 1965-66, 1989-90 (autographed by several members), 1965, 1989
9Senate Resolution 506 - Bill Fincher Hwy, 1996
9Proclamation by Governor - Joe Frank Harris, 1986, 1990
9State Board License - Pharmacist , 1934
9Large poster size photograph of Senate floor, undated
9Commission by Secretary of State - 1/1965-1/1967, 1/1989-1/1991, 1965, 1989
9Local Newspaper Headlines, 1986-1988
9Master Mason - 50 year certificate, 1995
9House Resolution 225, 1986
9Political Cartoons - Democratic Party of Georgia, Drawings of Bill Fincher, undated
9Appreciation Certifcates and Letters - March of Dimes, Cohutta Banking Company, The Governor's club, 1978, 1992, 1999
9Capitol Hill 2000 - Capitol Hill Master Plan, 1975
9Photograph of Georgia Senate in front of capitol, 1984
9Campaign Posters, 1868
9Maps-Whifield County showing senate districts, 1972
9Moultrie Georgia advertisement of two dollar bill , 1973
9Watercolor of the state capitol, 1982
10Campaign and Event Buttons, 1964-1996
11Name tags for Bill and Peg Fincher, undated
11Collectible pins, coins, and badges, 1970-1996
11Political matchbooks, fingernail file, ink pin, and measuring tape, undated
12Election Clothing/ Banners, none