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John Jacob Riley
Member of the United States House of Representatives

In office
January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1949
Preceded by Willa L. Fulmer
Succeeded by Hugo S. Sims, Jr.

In office
January 3, 1951 – January 1, 1962
Preceded by Hugo S. Sims, Jr.
Succeeded by Corinne Boyd Riley
Personal details
Born (1895-02-01)February 1, 1895
Orangeburg, South Carolina
Died January 1, 1962(1962-01-01) (aged 66)
Surfside, South Carolina
Resting place Sumter, South Carolina
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Corinne Boyd Riley
Alma mater Wofford College
Profession teacher, businessman, politician

John Jacob Riley (February 1, 1895 – January 1, 1962) was a U.S. Representative from South Carolina, husband of Corinne Boyd Riley.

Early life[]

Born on a farm near Orangeburg, South Carolina, Riley attended the public schools in Orangeburg County. He graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in 1915. Riley taught in the Orangeburg city schools 1915-1917, and at Clemson 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, from 1918 to 1919. After the war, he engaged in the real estate and insurance business in Sumter, South Carolina from 1919 to 1945, and served as secretary of a building and loan association from 1923-1945.

Political career[]

Riley served as delegate to the Democratic State conventions from 1928 to 1944. He was elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-ninth and Eightieth Congresses (January 3, 1945 – January 3, 1949). He was an unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1948, but won the nomination again in 1950.

Riley was 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, South Carolina, January 1, 1962. He was interred in Sumter Cemetery, Sumter, South Carolina.


  • John J. Riley at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Willa L. Fulmer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Hugo S. Sims, Jr.
Preceded by
Hugo S. Sims, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from South Carolina's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Corinne Boyd Riley

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