Benjamin Harrison Riley

April 1891–25 March 1953 (Age 62)
California, United States

The Life of Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison Riley was born in April 1891, in California, United States as the son of Charles W Riley and Flintoff. He died on 25 March 1953, in Shasta, California, United States, at the age of 61.

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Family Time Line

Charles W Riley
1822–
Flintoff
Benjamin Harrison Riley
1891–1953

Parents and Siblings

    Charles W Riley

    Male1822–Male

    Flintoff

    FemaleFemale

siblings

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World Events (3)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 5

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 7

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.
1906 · Great San Francisco Earthquake

Age 15

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook San Francisco for approximately 60 seconds on April 18, 1906. A 1906 report by US Army Relief Operations recorded the death toll for San Francisco and surrounding areas at 664. Later reports record the number at over 3,000 deaths. An estimated 225,000 people were left homeless from the widespread destructuction as 80% of the city was destroyed.

Name Meaning

1 Irish: variant spelling of Reilly .2 English: habitational name from Ryley in Lancashire, so named from Old English ryge ‘rye’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. There is a Riley with the same meaning in Devon, but it does not seem to have contributed to the surname, which is more common in northern England.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Possible Related Names

Sources (2)

  • Harrison Riley in household of Charles Hills, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Benjamin Harrison Riley, "California Death Index, 1940-1997"

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