Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
FINDLAY, William (1768-1846)

FINDLAY, WILLIAM, (brother of James Findlay and John Findlay), a Senator from Pennsylvania; born in Mercersburg, Franklin County, Pa., June 20, 1768; attended the public schools; engaged in agricultural pursuits; served as brigade inspector in the State militia; studied law; admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Franklinton, Pa.; member, State house of representatives 1797, 1804-1807; State treasurer 1807-1817; Governor of Pennsylvania 1817-1820; unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1820; elected as a Democratic Republican (later Jacksonian) to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy in the term commencing March 4, 1821, caused by the failure of the legislature to elect and served from December 10, 1821, to March 3, 1827; was not a candidate for reelection in 1826; chairman, Committee on Agriculture (Nineteenth Congress); Treasurer of the United States Mint 1830-1841, when he resigned on account of illness; died in Harrisburg, Pa., November 12, 1846; interment in Harrisburg Cemetery.

Dickinson College Library
Carlisle, PA
Papers: 1807. 2 letters.

Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1811-1812. 1 volume, 97 pages. An account of the history of Pennsylvania prepared by Findlay for William Plummer, governor of New Hampshire. Also correspondence in Thomas Sergeant papers, 1781-1853.

Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission
Harrisburg, PA
Papers: 1829, 1834. 3 items. Patronage recommendations contained in the records of the Department of State. Finding aid.

Pennsylvania State University Libraries
University Park, PA
Papers: Ca. 1830. 1 item. Journal begun September 18, 1830, 104 pages. Includes accounts of childhood and travels, poetry, and facsimile of letter (April 22, 1817).

Washington and Jefferson College
Washington, PA
Papers: 1817. 1 item. Campaign pamphlet.