DANIEL FINDLEY, M.D.,
Daniel Findley is of Scotch-Irish descent, his ancestors on both sides of the family being of that blood. His grandfather, Samuel Findley, senior, was an associate judge of Butler county, Pennsylvania, and a member of congress from that state at an early period after the adoption of the federal constitution. His father, Samuel Findley, junior, D.D., was an Associate Reform Presbyterian clergyman for about forty years, thirty of them pastor at Antrim, Ohio. He died at Newark, New Jersey, on the 22nd of February, 1870.
The mother of David, before her marriage, was Margaret Ross, an exemplary christian woman. She died at Antrim, on the 22d of September, 1846, in her fifty-fourth year.
The subject of this sketch, born in Washington, Guernsey county, Ohio, on the 21st of august, 1830, was educated at Madison College, Ohio; graduating in 1853. He read medicine with Dr. William Anderson, of his native town, but before attending lectures made a trip to California, starting in 1854 and returning in 1856. He then finished his medical course by attending lectures in the medical department of Western Reserve College, Cleveland, being admitted to practice in February, 1858.
Dr. Findley spent a year in his native town; in 1859 came to Indianola, Iowa; in the autumn of 1861 removed to Grove City, Cass county, and the next year to Lewis, in the same county, then the seat of justice, where he practiced ten or eleven years. During the progress of the civil war, physicians in this part of the state were scarce; Dr. Findley's skill became well known, and it was no uncommmon occurrence for him to have calls thirty miles away in every direction. His rides extended no only all over Cass county, but into Pottawattamie, Shelby, Audubon, Adair, Adams and Montgomery counties, occasionally forty miles from Lewis.
In September, 1873, Dr. Findley removed to Atlantic, the new county seat, where he was already well known, and where he has had from the outset all the practice he could desire. His rides he now limits to the county, except in difficult cases, and his main practice is in the city of Atlantic. He has a large drug store here, and two farms in the county which he cultivates by renters. Pecuniarily, as well as professionally, he has been quite successful.
Dr. Findley is a republican, strong in his convictions of right and wrong, fearless and outspoken, yet no wire-puller and not active in politics. He is a past grand in Odd-Fellowship.
Dr. Findley is a man of very pure character; a warm-hearted, active christian; an elder in the Presbyterian church, and belongs to a family of eminent preachers in that denomination. His brother, W. F. Findley, D.D., is pastor of the Central Church, Newark, New Jersey; his brother, Samuel Findley, junior, D.D., is pastor at Carisle, Ohio, and his brother, J. R. Findley, is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Rock Island, Illinois. He is also a brother of Colonel R. D. Findley, editor and publisher of the Xenia (Ohio) "Gazette."
The wife of Dr. Findley, married on the 19th of August, 1856, was Miss Martha Jane Barr, of Monongahela City, Pennsylvania, and daughter of Colonel James Barr, who lost his life in the Florida war while she was in her early infancy. She has had seven children, all now living but one.
From "The United States Biographical Dictionary and Portrait Gallery of Eminent and Self-Made Men. Iowa Volume." Chicago and New York: American Biographical Publishing Company, 1878, pp. 736-737.