NEW YORK —?James D. Finley, who led the former giant textile mill J.P. Stevens & Co. during a period of labor turmoil in the Seventies, died Saturday in Gulfstream, Fla., according to a published report. He was 86, according to Frank Foley, a friend of the family.

Finley was named president of Stevens in 1969, when the company was battling to prevent the former Amalgamated Clothing & Textile Workers Union, a predecessor to UNITE, from organizing its South Carolina mills. In 1977 Finley famously tried to shout down a group of about 1,500 protesters — including Coretta Scott King — who turned up at the multibillion-dollar firm’s annual meeting.

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