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Stanley Finch

Stanley W. Finch

Stanley W. Finch
July 26, 1908 - April 30, 1912

Stanley William Finch was born in Monticello, New York on July 20, 1872. He attended Baker University in Kansas, the Corcoran Scientific School in Washington, D.C., and business colleges in Albany and Washington, D.C. In 1893, he accepted appointment as a clerk in the Department of Justice, where he worked off and on for 40 years. Mr. Finch rose from the position of clerk to that of chief examiner between 1893 and 1908. While working in the Justice Department, Mr. Finch earned an LL.B. degree (1908) and an LL.M. degree (1909) from the National University Law School. The Washington D.C. Bar admitted him to practice in 1911.

As chief examiner, Mr. Finch advocated the creation of an investigative squad within the Justice Department, eventually becoming its first leader. Attorney General Bonaparte created a special agent force in the Department of Justice. Oversight of this newly organized force, later named the Bureau of Investigation (BOI), was assigned to Mr. Finch. In 1912, he left the BOI and was named special commissioner for the Suppression of White Slave Traffic. In 1913, he became a special assistant to the attorney general. From 1913 to the 1930s, Mr. Finch alternated between private employment—primarily in the novelty manufacturing business—and positions in the Department of Justice. Mr. Finch retired from the Department of Justice in 1940 and died in 1951.

Directors, Then and Now

- James B. Comey, 2013-Present
- Robert S. Mueller, III, 2001-2013
- Thomas J. Pickard (acting), 2001
- Louis J. Freeh, 1993-2001
- Floyd I. Clarke (acting), 1993
- William S. Sessions, 1987-1993
- John E. Otto (acting), 1987
- William H. Webster, 1978-1987
- James B. Adams (acting), 1978
- Clarence M. Kelley, 1973-1978
- William D. Ruckelshaus (acting), 1973
- L. Patrick Gray (acting), 1972-1973
- J. Edgar Hoover, 1924-1972
- William J. Burns, 1921-1924
- William J. Flynn, 1919-1921
- William E. Allen (acting), 1919
- Alexander B. Bielaski, 1912-1919
- Stanley W. Finch, 1908-1912

‪The FBI Director:
Background on the Position‬
‪Since its beginning in 1908, the FBI has been led by a single individual. At first called “Chief,” this leader has been titled “Director” since the term of William Flynn (1919-1921). The FBI Director has answered directly to the attorney general since the 1920s.‬ ‪Under the Omnibus Crime Control Act and Safe Streets Act of 1968, Public Law 90-3351, the Director is appointed by the U.S. President and confirmed by the Senate. On October 15, 1976, in reaction to the extraordinary 48-year term of J. Edgar Hoover, Congress passed Public Law 94-503, limiting the FBI Director to a single term of no longer than 10 years. ‪Details