Born: Jan­u­a­ry 27, 1856, Elizabeth, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Died: Jan­u­a­ry 11, 1955, McDonald, Penn­syl­van­ia.

Buried: Robinson Run Ce­me­te­ry, McDonald, Penn­syl­van­ia.


Richard was the son of Tho­mas Wi­ley and Em­i­ly Tay­lor, and hus­band of Mar­tha Ste­phens and Vir­gin­ia O’Neil.

After at­tend­ing pub­lic schools in Eliz­a­beth, Wi­ley took a four year course through the Chau­tau­qua Li­ter­a­ry and Sci­en­ti­fic Cir­cle. Wash­ing­ton and Jef­fer­son Col­lege, Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia, grant­ed Wi­ley an hon­or­a­ry de­gree of Doctor of Li­ter­a­ture in 1935.

Wiley man­aged a print­ing plant in Se­at­tle, Wash­ing­ton (1913–27), but spent most of his ca­reer in news­pa­pers. At one time, he owned and ed­it­ed the Eliz­a­beth, Penn­syl­van­ia, Her­ald.

He con­tin­ued to write for the pa­per af­ter re­tir­ing in 1949. When he died, he was be­lieved to be the old­est ac­tive news­pa­per col­um­nist in Am­er­i­ca.





Help Needed

If you know where to get a good pho­to of Wi­ley (head-and-shoul­ders, at least 200×300 pix­els), would you ?