Paul Findley was a champion of justice, civil rights and especially a strong voice for Palestinian rights. The 11-term former congressman who represented the downstate Illinois 20th District for 22 yeares died on August 9, 2019. He was 98 years old. Findley was buried in his Jacksonville community.
Findley was a Representative from Illinois born in Jacksonville, in Morgan County, Ill., on June 23, 1921. He attended the public schools of Jacksonville, Ill. and received his B.A., from Illinois College at Jacksonville, in 1943.
Unlike many of his piers in Congress and politics, Findley was an active duty military veteran who served in the United States Navy in the Pacific as a lieutenant (jg.) from 1943 to 1946. He was president of the Pike Press, Inc., Pittsfield, Ill. and he was an unsuccessful candidate for the Republican nomination for State senator in 1952; member, United States delegation, North Atlantic Assembly, 1965-1970.