Anthony Philip Finder
City of Troy

This biography is from Troy and Rensselaer County, New York, Volume III, by Rutherford Hayner, Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., New York and Chicago, 1925. It was submitted by Debby Masterson.

ANTHONY PHILIP FINDER, upon graduation from Albany Law School in 1890, began the practice of law in Troy, New York, and there continues. He is a son of William and Martha E. (Bachmann) Finder, of Troy, both deceased.

Anthony Philip Finder was born in Troy, New York, September 24, 1865, and there completed courses of public school study, finishing in high school, class 1885, where he qualified for admission to Cornell University. He completed courses of study at Cornell and later prepared for the profession of law at that ancient and valuable institution, Albany Law School, now the law department of Union University, receiving the degree of Bachelor of Laws, class of 1890.

His years of preparation completed, Mr. Finder returned to Troy with his newly-acquired degree and began the practice of law in the city of his birth. Thirty-three years have since elapsed and he is still engaged in general practice. In 1890 he was special agent for the eleventh census of New York, 1900-05, to gather statistics on manufacturing in Rensselaer and Albany counties ; in 1898-99 he was attorney for the Rensselaer County Board of Supervisors; he was a member of the Board of Education of Troy; Clerk of the Surrogate's Court of Rensselaer County, 1902-07; and in 1910 was supervisor of the thirteenth census for Rensselaer and Washington counties, New York.

In Masonry Mr. Finder has acquired all degrees of both the York and Scottish Rites, up to and including the thirty-second. He is affiliated with King Solomon's Lodge, No. 91, Free and Accepted Masons; Apollo Chapter, Royal Arch Masons; Bloss Council, Royal and Select Masters; Apollo Commandery, No. 15, Knights Templar; the Scottish Rite bodies of Troy and Albany; and Oriental Temple, Ancient Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine. In religious faith he is an Episcopalian, and in politics a Republican.

Anthony P. Finder married, at Troy, January 16, 1895, Mary Louise Mearns, daughter of John and Charlotte A. (Law) Mearns. Mr. and Mrs. Finder are the parents of a daughter, Dorothy, born January 6, 1896, now a teacher of English at Elmira Free Academy; and of a son, William, born April 7, 1898, a graduate of Williams College with the degree of Bachelor of Arts, class of 1920, now purchasing agent with the Eastern Malleable Iron Company, of Troy, New York.

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