Richard Taylor Wiley


Richard Taylor Wiley

Death 11 Jan 1955 (aged 98)
Burial McDonald, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Memorial ID 109850572 View Source

Transcribed from: The Daily Notes, Canonsburg, Pa, Wednesday, January 12, 1955, pp 1 & 10. by: aam #47180700

Dr Richard Taylor Wiley, 98, of McDonald, believed the oldest active newspaper columnist in the nation died Tuesday, at the home of his daughter, Mrs James F McQuiston, 317 West Lincoln Street, McDonald.

A former owner and editor of the Elizabeth, Pa Herald, the aged columnist continued to write for the paper since his retirement in 1949.

As recently as last Friday he typed out his column for the newspaper. Dr Wiley filled his column with bits of reminiscences, poetry and philosophy.

He was born Jan 27, 1856, at Elizabeth, a son of Thomas and Emily Taylor Wiley.

In 1935 Mr Wiley was granted the honorary degree of Doctor of Literature by Washington and Jefferson College.

After attending the public schools of Elizabeth he took a four year course through Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle.

He learned the printing trade at the age of 20 at the Elizabeth newspaper office, starting as a typesetter. In 1875 he formed a partnership with the late Frank C McGinley, and leased the Herald. The two later purchased the firm and Dr Wiley became editor and business manager. He served in this capacity for 37 years, leaving in 1913 to operate a printing plant in Seattle, Wash. He returned to the Herald in 1927 and served five years as editor. From 1932 to 1942 he devoted 10 years to writing novels. "Elizabeth and Her Neighbors" and "Monongahela The River and Its Legions" and contributing feature material to the Elizabeth paper.

He returned to the Herald in 1942 as editor and until 1949 wrote more than 15 columns of type a week. He also wrote four feature columns each week for the paper, which were later combined into one column.

His most popular novel was "Sim Greene" a story of the Whiskey Rebellion which was published in 1905 and reprinted four times. Besides his newspaper work Dr Wiley wrote numerous musical compositions and poetry.

His renowned journalistic career saw him serve as president of the Pennsylvania Editorial Association in 1827, at that time the largest organization of editors in the United States.

He founded the Western Pennsylvania Press Club in 1905 and also served terms as president of the Monongahela Valley Press Association.

As a public servant, Dr Wiley served on the Elizabeth Council and had been burgess of the borough.

Wed twice, Dr Wiley's first wife, Virginia o'Neil, died in 1893 after they had been married tow years. Re=married Martha Steven in 1898. She died in 1930.

Dr Wiley's two daughters, one to each wife survive. Sara is the wife of Dr James McQuiston, a dental surgeon. His second daughter Lois Wiley, is music supervisor of the North Hills Joint School District. Both reside in McDonald. He also leaves two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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