- Leigh E. Schmidt
Finley, Samuel ( February 1715–17 July 1766), Presbyterian minister and college president, was born in the County of Armagh in Ulster, Ireland, the son of Scots-Irish parents, but little is known about them or about Finley’s childhood and early education. He immigrated to the colonies at the age of nineteen, arriving in Philadelphia in September 1734. After a few years of preparing and studying for the Presbyterian ministry, he was licensed to preach in 1740. He most likely received his ministerial education in Neshaminy, Pennsylvania, at ...