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The Finch Family Papers were donated to the USC Libraries in 2015 by USC Gerontology Professor Caleb E. Finch and include correspondences and other documents on and by his ancestors William Kelly, Benjamin Silliman (Sr. & Jr.), Faith Silliman, Gold Selleck Silliman, Jonathan Trumble, and others.

William Kelly (1807-1872) was a New York Senator (1856-57) and a prominent merchant. He was active as a philanthropist and in agriculture.

Benjamin Silliman (1779-1864) and Benjamin Silliman, Jr. (1816-1885) were involved in the beginnings of scientific instruction at Yale College.

Gold Selleck Silliman (1732-1790) was a colonel and brigadier general in the American Revolutionary War during which he commanded the Fourth Regiment Connecticut Militia in the New York Campaign of 1776.

Jonathan Trumble (1710-1785), was governor of Connecticut (1769-1784). Trumble College at Yale was named after him.

 
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