Biography of Hon. Francis Riley
Rensselaer County, NY Biographies





Riley, Hon. Francis, the present county clerk of Rensselaer county, enjoys a wide popularity in both social and political circles and is a man of much public spirit and liberality. He is a Democrat and has been prominently identified with the affairs of the town of Hoosick, filling with credit many of the principal offices, including that of school trustee, president of the village three years, overseer of the poor three years, supervisor two years, and county clerk three years; also treasurer of the Industrial Manufacturing Company. He is a prominent member of the R. C. church and trustee of the parochial school. Mr. Riley was born in Ireland in 1848, son of John Riley, who came to America and to Hoosick Falls in 1860, where for forty years he was an employee of Walter A. Wood. He is now a resident here, eighty six years old and universally respected and has twice been village trustee. Hon. Francis Riley acquired his education in Ireland, and first engaged in a grocery business at Trumanville and erected the Trumanville hotel while there. He established a livery business at his present location in 1875 which has become an extensive one. He also engaged in the coal business in 1890, and the agency for carriages. He married Margaret Bowen of Bennington, by whom he had ten children, of whom four are living.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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