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John Jacob RILEY

(1895-1962)

RILEY, John Jacob, (husband of Corinne Boyd Riley), a Representative from South Carolina; born on a farm near Orangeburg, S.C., February 1, 1895; attended the public schools in Orangeburg County; was graduated from Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C., in 1915; taught in the Orangeburg city schools 1915-1917, and at Clemson (S.C.) Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1917 and 1918; during the First World War served in the United States Navy as a seaman, second class, and as a yeoman, third class, in 1918 and 1919; engaged in the real estate and insurance business in Sumter, S.C., 1919-1945; secretary of a building and loan association 1923-1945; delegate to Democratic State conventions 1928-1944; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-ninth and Eightieth Congresses (January 3, 1945-January 3, 1949); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1948; elected to the Eighty-second and to the five succeeding Congresses and served from January 3, 1951, until his death at Surfside, near Myrtle Beach, S.C., January 1, 1962; interment in Sumter Cemetery, Sumter, S.C.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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