William Findley, by Rembrandt Peale, 1805.
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Oil on canvas of William Findley, with shoulder length, salt and pepper hair. He is wearing a dark suit and ascot.

Credit: Courtesy of Independence National Historical Park

An immigrant from Ireland, William Findley (1742-1821) became one of western Pennsylvania’s most outspoken political leaders in the decades following American independence.  A leader within Pennsylvania of the movement to block ratification of the Constitution, Findley as a U.S. Congressman also used his pen to oppose what he viewed as the unwarranted expansion of the power of the federal government.

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