Joseph Francis Finnegan (September 12, 1904 – February 12, 1964) was an American labor mediator who was appointed by President of the United States Dwight D. Eisenhower to serve as the fourth Director of the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service from 1955 to 1961, and served as the first director of the equivalent body in New York State.
Early life and education
He was born on September 12, 1904, in North Adams, Massachusetts. His newspaperman father moved the family to New York City when Finnegan was a youth. He attended St. Francis Xavier High School there and graduated from Columbia University in 1928. He was an evening student at Fordham University School of Law, graduating in 1931 his law degree.
Finnegan funded his law school education with a job checking cargo on the piers in Brooklyn and as a Wall Street Journal reporter. After graduating from law school, He worked as an assistant United States Attorney under Thomas E.