Rev. and Mrs. William A. Finley. William A. Finley was the first president of Corvallis College from 1865-1872. Finley was a Methodist minister who helped alter the reputation of Corvallis College from a "pioneer high school" to a higher education institution.
Photograph was possibly taken at time of marriage. William Asa Finley served as the first president of Corvallis College from 1865 to 1872. He was appointed as president in 1865 by the Methodist Episcopal Church South and was president at the time the college was chosen as the agricultural college for Oregon under the provisions of the 1862 Morrill Act.
Street view of Main Street (Second Street), Corvallis, Oregon in 1869. This is one of the earliest known photographs of downtown Corvallis. Versalius N. Preston and L. F. Wilson (father of E. E. Wilson) are standing on the single-horse dray near the center of the image.