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  Finch, Cliff
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AffiliationDemocratic  
  1976-01-01  
 
NameCliff Finch
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Batesville, Mississippi , United States
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Born April 04, 1927
DiedApril 22, 1986 (59 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
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Oct 08, 2018 11:09pm
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InfoBirth Date: April 4, 1927
Died: April 22, 1986
Birth State: Mississippi
Family: Married, four children
Religion: Baptist
Spouse: Zelma
Party: Democrat
Periods in Office (Governor) : From: January, 1976
To: January, 1980
Length of Service: 4 years (1 term)

Military Service: Army
Wars Served: World War II

CHARLES CLIFTON (CLIFF) FINCH was born April 4, 1927, in Pope, Mississippi. He received his law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1958, and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. From 1960-64, Finch was a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives. He also served as district attorney of the 17th Circuit Court District from 1964 to 1972. During his successful 1975 gubernatorial run, Finch donned a hard hat, carried a lunch bucket, sacked groceries and drove bulldozers in his "working man" campaign. He entered the Democratic runoff against William Winter, vanquishing the candidate who would succeed him four years later. In 1976, Finch called a special session of the Legislature to restructure the state's savings and loan associations, averting a financial crisis. He also succeeded in reuniting the long- separated Loyalist and Regular factions of the Mississippi Democratic Party. He built, however temporary, a coalition of black and white voters, and was instrumental in bringing the USA International Ballet Competition to Jackson. After serving as governor, he tried to become president of the United States. Ronald Reagan won. Governor Finch died of a heart attack on April 22, 1986 and he is buried at Magnolia Cemetery in Batesville, Mississippi.

Sources:
Governors of the American States, Commonwealths, and Territories, National Governors' Conference, 1979.





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  06/03/1980 US President - D Primaries Lost 0.24% (-50.87%)
  06/27/1978 MS US Senate - D Runoff Primary Lost 34.65% (-30.69%)
  06/06/1978 MS US Senate - D Primary Won 27.83% (+0.00%)
  11/04/1975 MS Governor Won 52.19% (+7.05%)
  08/26/1975 MS Governor - D Runoff Won 57.69% (+15.39%)
  08/05/1975 MS Governor - D Primary Won 32.13% (+0.00%)
  08/03/1971 MS Lt. Governor - D Primary Lost 36.79% (-21.92%)
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