Harold Finley

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In existographies, Harold Finley (39 BE-44 AE) (1916-1999 ACM) (LH:#) was an American investment manager, pastor, and writer, noted for []


At age 9-months, Finley could walk 30-feet.[1] At age 2, Finley taught himself to read.[2] At age 5, Finley wrote a 100-page book.

In 1921, Finley, age 5, took a Stanford-Binet IQ test, administered by Ohio State University students, scoring IQ of 168. His score was challenged, presumably per reasons similar to his high school students saying that his father was doing his homework for him, and he retook the test, scoring an IQ of 197, said to be the second highest IQ score in the country at that time.[3]

In 1941, at the start of WWII, Finley aged 24, applied to join the Army, but was rejected, because he weighted less than 125 pounds.


In 1929, Finley, aged 13, graduated high school, as the valedictorian.

In 1933, Finley, aged 17, completed his BA in economics, graduating 4th in his class, after which he began working at Lamson Brothers, a brokerage firm.

In 1944, Finley, completed a degree from the Chicago Theological Seminary.


Finley, presumably, was one of Lewis Terman's so-called "Termanites", a group of 1,528 children (856 males and 672 females) collected, between 1921 to 1928, by Terman's group at the psychology department of Stanford University, mean age 11, or about age 6 to 12 or so, labeled as "gifted" by Terman, and assigned with "genius IQs" (140+), mean IQ 151, with 77 between 177 and 200, i.e. indirectly told they had genius intellects, based on their scores of his so-called Stanford-Binet test, aka Terman Test.

In respect to how Finley, at age 5, being told (presumably by his parents), by "Terman Test", blurred over by the auspices of the official name "Stanford-Binet", that he had the second highest recorded IQ in American history, affected his mind, we can but glean aspects of this by his age 83 Chicago Tribute interview (quote below), where he says that because he "knows how to earn a living", he is better than: Leopold, Loeb, Sidis, and Harding. All of this is kind of like "genius gone haywire", to say the least. All five of the names just cited, are, in plain speak, nobodies, retrospectively speaking.[4] Each was told that they were a "genius" as a child, before they had actually accomplished anything!

This is equivalent, using a sports metaphor, to telling a child, aged five, because they had passed some physical test, e.g. hit a ball so many feet through some hole, that they had now become the “greatest GOAT in all sports!”[5], in modern parlance, before they had even competed one time, or played one game? This pretty much sums up the modern state of genius level IQ testing, in short. It is "reverse psychology", played on the bad end.[6]


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The following are quotes by Finley:

“I think people think all prodigies are like this. I want to be sure I don't fit those characteristics. I know how to earn a living.”
— Harold Finley (1999), “Response to query about how he thought he compared to: Nathan Leopold, Richard Loeb, William Sidis, or Christopher Harding[7]

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  1. Note: the youngest to walk, presently is 6-months.
  2. Note: with respect to the "youngest to read", Promethea Pythaitha, supposedly, taught herself to read at age 1; William Sidis was said to be able to read the New York Times by age 2; Christopher Hirata, at age 3, was calculating the total bill of items in his parent's shopping cart, item-by-item, by weight, quantity, discounts, and sales tax, was also reading the Dr. Seuss series to himself, able to recite the alphabet backwards, and had coded the alphabet sequence numerically, e.g. that the letter ‘O’ was 15th in the sequence.
  3. Harold Marshall Finley – Prabook.
  4. Note: Sidis presently ranks into the "top 2000 minds", per his "Animate an the Inanimate" publication (plus the age when he wrote it), but in reality, his theory is based on William Thomson's theistic thermodynamics biases, and is mostly incorrect.
  5. Cherry, Brice. (2021). “Who’s the Goat? The 10 Greatest Athletes of All-Time”, WacoTrib.com, Jul 14.
  6. Mislabeled geniuses and IQ tests – Hmolpedia 2020.
  7. Clawson, Pat. (1995). “The Quite Genius”, Chicago Tribune, Nov 26.

Further reading

  • Keoun, Bradley. (1999). “Harold Finley: 83, Financial Writer”, Chicago Tribute, Dec 17.
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