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George William Riley
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Birth: Apr. 29, 1851
Allen County
Ohio, USA
Death: Aug. 6, 1924
Macon County
Missouri, USA

George W. Riley was educated in the district schools of this county after a short attendance in those of Allen county, Ohio. He was fourteen years old when the family moved to Missouri, and his opportunities for schooling were limited both before and after the change of residence. He remained at home assisting, on the farm and relied on as the main stay of the household, until 1875, when he bought forty acres of land and began operations on his own account. Since then he has been continuously and successfully engaged in farming and raising_stock, increasing his possessions until he now owns 280 acres and has the whole tract under cultivation.

In connection with his farming and live stock industries, he was also extensively and profitably engaged in general merchandising from 1883 to 1898, and during that period held three commissions as postmaster from presidents of the two leading political parties, his administration of the office being so vigorous and satisfactory that there was no opposition to him. In all his efforts to raise the rank of the office he was firmly sustained by the people of the community and county, and by strenuous endeavors he elevated it from a little country station, with a weekly mail to a busy and progressive postoffice, with daily service and greatly increased facilities, including a money order department.

Mr. Riley was married on December 21, 1873, to Miss Maria E. Gillespey, a native of Ohio who bore him five children who are living and one who died. Those who are alive and contributing to the progress and development of the country are: Louisa, the wife of Charles Green, of Wisconsin; Getta, the wife of Virgil Grayott, of Kansas City, Missouri; Roy, who lives in Montana and Joseph and Floyd, residents of Cameron, Missouri. Their mother died on April 4, 1906, and on December 18, 1907, the father married again, being united on this occasion with Miss Jennie M. Chandler, a daughter of Captain Taylor Chandler, a native of Kentucky and a resident of Palmyra, in this state.

Mr. Riley takes a warm and practical interest in public affairs, local, state and national. He is a zealous working member of the Republican party, and omits no effort possible to him to advance its welfare and bring success to its candidates. His services are highly appreciated by the party leaders and also by the militant hosts who follow them, for he gives them freely and without stint and they are skilful and effective.

(General History of Macon County, Missouri, Volume 2 edited by Edgar White) 
Family links: 
  Leslie Peacock Riley (1827 - 1897)
  Susannah Catherine Cupp Riley (1830 - 1901)
  Mariah Elizabeth Gillespie Riley (1851 - 1906)
  Jennie Maudry Chandler Riley (1860 - 1932)*
  Louisa Adell Riley Greeney (1874 - 1917)*
  Ora E. Riley (1876 - 1909)*
  Getta Christina Riley Grayot (1878 - 1926)*
  Roy Edwin Riley (1880 - 1939)*
  Joseph Leslie Riley (1887 - 1971)*
  Floyd Karl Riley (1892 - 1951)*
  Henry Franklin Riley (1849 - 1877)*
  George William Riley (1851 - 1924)
  Mary Etta Riley Hopper (1853 - 1925)*
  James Sanders Riley (1857 - 1928)*
  Martha Letta Riley Grisham (1858 - 1891)*
  Ida Ann Riley Briggs (1860 - 1881)*
  Andrew Edwin Riley (1863 - 1927)*
  Meribah Creola Riley Goodding (1865 - 1903)*
*Calculated relationship
Mount Zion Cemetery
Macon County
Missouri, USA
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Record added: Feb 04, 2010
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George William Riley
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George William Riley
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