Charles Clifton Finch (April 3, 1927 - April 22, 1986) was Governor of the State of Mississippi from 1976 to 1980. Finch was born in Pope, Mississippi. At age 18, he enlisted to fight in World War II, participating in the Italian Campaign - 88th infantry division. After the war, Finch worked in construction on Guam. He then attended the University of Mississippi and graduated from law school in 1958. Finch was elected to the Mississsippi House of Representatives in 1960. He was elected district attorney for the Seventeenth judicial district in 1964 and was re-elected in 1968.
In 1975, he began his campaign for governor, and easily connected with Mississippi voters. He moved into the Governor's Mansion in January 1976. As Governor, Finch helped save Mississippi's savings and loan industry from collapse and provided flood relief in 1979. He was instrumental in rebuilding the Mississippi Gulf Coast after terrible devastation caused by Hurricane Frederic.

Finch ran for President of the United States in 1980. He then returned to his law practice in Batesville, where he died on
April 22, 1986, from a massive heart attack. His law office is now the home of The Westfaul Law Firm, and has changed little since Governor Finch left it.
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