Finley, James B.; Strickland, W. P. [editor]. Autobiography of Rev. James B. Finley, or, Pioneer Life in the West
Finley, James B.; Strickland, W. P. [editor]. Autobiography of Rev. James B. Finley, or, Pioneer Life in the West
Finley, James B.; Strickland, W. P. [editor]. Autobiography of Rev. James B. Finley, or, Pioneer Life in the West
Finley, James B.; Strickland, W. P. [editor]. Autobiography of Rev. James B. Finley, or, Pioneer Life in the West
Finley, James B.; Strickland, W. P. [editor]. Autobiography of Rev. James B. Finley, or, Pioneer Life in the West
Finley, James B.; Strickland, W. P. [editor]. Autobiography of Rev. James B. Finley, or, Pioneer Life in the West
Finley, James B.; Strickland, W. P. [editor]. Autobiography of Rev. James B. Finley, or, Pioneer Life in the West
Finley, James B.; Strickland, W. P. [editor]. Autobiography of Rev. James B. Finley, or, Pioneer Life in the West
Finley, James B.; Strickland, W. P. [editor]. Autobiography of Rev. James B. Finley, or, Pioneer Life in the West

Finley, James B.; Strickland, W. P. [editor]. Autobiography of Rev. James B. Finley, or, Pioneer Life in the West

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Finley, James B.; Strickland, W. P. [editor]. Autobiography of Rev. James B. Finley, or, Pioneer Life in the West. Cincinnati: Cranston and Stowe, 1853.

1853 copyright but a later 19th-century printing. Black pebble publisher's cloth, gilt titles to spine, 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, former owner's signature on ffep, 455 clean pp., several illustrations, tight. Light bump to top outer corner in part of the book. Good. Hardcover.  [4031] 

No. 2047 in Roberts, Revival Literature: An Annotated Bibliography. "...James grew up as a backwoodsman, well able to care fro himself in the most difficult of situations..."

Rev. James Bradley Finley (1781-1857), b. western North Carolina; d. Eaton, Ohio. His father was a Presbyterian minister and missionary who was active in North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia and Kentucky, finally settling near Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1796. James was raised on the frontier, and his love of hunting was never lost. As a boy he witnessed frontier raids, and as a youth he was known as the “New Market devil.” He began his adult career as a medical doctor, but turned back to the wilderness, living in an isolated log cabin in Highland County, Ohio, with his wife and daughter. Finley witnessed the great 1801 Cane Ridge camp meeting near Paris, Kentucky, and was in 1809 licensed to preach by the Western Conference of the Methodist Church, a vast conference on the frontiers of Ohio and the neighboring states and territories. Finley was a circuit rider, missionary, prison reformer, and is credited with transforming the Ohio River Valley in the nineteenth century. He traveled the Ohio forests, converting thousands through his thunderous preaching, and he was not above bringing hecklers under control with his fists. Finley criticized the Indian policy of the federal government and was for a time stationed at the Wyandot Indian Mission at Upper Sandusky, Ohio. He was active in the temperance and prison reform movements - he served as chaplain at the Ohio Penitentiary near Columbus from 1846 to 1849, and was a vocal slavery abolitionist.