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William Findley was born in Ireland about 1741; attended parish schools; immigrated to the United States, landing in Philadelphia in 1763. He moved to the Octorara Valley, then to the Cumberland Valley, near Waynesboro; and finally to Westmoreland County where he settled permanently. He served in the Cumberland County Associators as a private in the Revolution (1776) and as a captain in 1778. He worked as a weaver; was member of the council of censors in 1783; served four terms in the old Pennsylvania Assembly, 1784-1787; was a member of the state Supreme Executive Council, 1789-1790; served in the state House of Representatives, 1790-1791; was a delegate to the state Constitutional Convention in 1790; elected as an Anti-Administration candidate to the Second and Third Congresses, reelected as a Republican to the Fourth and Fifth Congresses (1791-1799); engaged in agricultural pursuits; during the Whisky Insurrection in 1794 worked actively to quiet the passions of the revolt and restore obedience to the law and wrote a book defending his course; again a member of the state Senate 1799-1802; elected as a Republican to the Eighth through the Fourteenth Congresses, 1803- 1817; chaired the Committee on Elections (Eighth through Twelfth Congresses); and died near Greensburg, Pa. on April 4, 1821; interred in Unity Meeting House Cemetery, near Latrobe, Pa.