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Morton-Finney, John

(born: June 25, 1889  -  died: Jan, 28, 1998

Born in Uniontown, KY, John Morton-Finney was a Buffalo Soldier with the U.S. Army during World War I and also served during World War II. He taught school in Missouri and Indiana while earning five law degrees, eventually earning a total of 11 degrees, the last at the age of 75.

Morton-Finney continued teaching until he was 81 years old and practiced law until he was 106; he is believed to have been the longest-practicing attorney in the U.S. He was inducted into the National Bar Association Hall of Fame in 1991.

For more see John Morton-Finney in the RetroIndy section at the website, 2/23/2017; "John Morton-Finney Earned 11 degrees and Practiced Law until he was 106 Years Old" at the website; "City of Goldsboro Little Known History Fact John Morton-Finney" at the Goldsboro website; "Dr. John Morton-Finney Diversity Scholarship Program" at the Butler University website; and "Dr. John Morton-Finney: A livelong student," a TV news story from WISH-TV, Indianapolis.

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