Finly Hutchinson Gray

Finly H. Gray

Finly Hutchinson Gray (July 21, 1863 – May 8, 1947) was a U.S. Representative from Indiana.


Born near Orange, Indiana, Gray attended the common schools. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1892 and commenced practice in Connersville, Indiana. He served as mayor of Connersville 1904 - 1910.

Gray was elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-second, Sixty-third, and Sixty-fourth Congresses (March 4, 1911 - March 3, 1917). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1916 to the Sixty-fifth Congress and for election in 1917 to fill the vacancy in the same Congress caused by the death of Daniel W. Comstock. He resumed the practice of law and also engaged in lecturing.

Gray was again elected to the Seventy-third, Seventy-fourth, and Seventy-fifth Congresses (March 4, 1933 - January 3, 1939). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1938 to the Seventy-sixth Congress. Reengaged in the practice of law in Connersville, Indiana. He and his wife restored the Canal House and resided there from 1936 to 1947. It later housed the local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and is now a local history museum.[1]:2 He resided at Connersville until his death there on May 8, 1947. He was interred in Dale Cemetery. The Canal House was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[2]

Finley Hutchinson Gray married Mary Alice Green and they had a daughter Mary Gray. Mary Gray preceded her mother in death. She was born in 1903 and in the 1930 census is a patient at the Madison Hospital for the Insane in Madison, Jefferson County, IN.

Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary in Fayette County IN: website states: The Mary Gray Bird Sanctuary is owned and operated by the Indiana Audubon Society and is located south of Connersville in Fayette County.

Alice Green Gray gave the initial 264-acre (1.07 km2) property to the Indiana Audubon Society in 1943 as a living memorial to her daughter’ Mary, who preceded her in death. Congressman Finley H. Gray willed additional property to the society in 1947, bringing the total to more than 600 acres (2.4 km2). Gifts from members have allowed the acquisition of more property so that the Sanctuary now occupies more than 700 acres (2.8 km2).


  1. "Indiana State Historic Architectural and Archaeological Research Database (SHAARD)" (Searchable database). Department of Natural Resources, Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Retrieved 2015-10-01. Note: This includes Henry C. Blommel (March 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: Canal House" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-10-01. and Accompanying photographs.
  2. National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
William O. Barnard
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 6th congressional district

1911 1917
Succeeded by
Daniel W. Comstock
Preceded by
William R. Wood
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Indiana's 10th congressional district

1933 1939
Succeeded by
Raymond S. Springer

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