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RILEY, Henry Hiram, lawyer, born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, 1 September, 1813; died in Constantine, Michigan, 8 February, 1888. He was left an orphan at the a/e of ten, received a common-school education in New Hartford, N. U., learned the printer's trade in Hudson, New York, worked in New York city as a journeyman printer from 1834 till 1837, and from 1837 till 1842 edited the " Seneca Observer," a Democratic paper, at Watertown, New York, at the same time pursuing the study of law. He sold this and went to Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he was admitted to the bar, and entered into practice in Constantine, taking a high rank in his profession. He was prosecuting attorney for St. Joseph county for six years, a member of the state senate in 1850-'1, a delegate to the Democratic convention of 1860 at Charleston, where he supported the candidacy of Stephen A. Douglas for the presidency, a state senator again in 1862, an active member of the commission that revised the state constitution in 1873, and afterward judge of the circuit court. He contributed to the "Knickerbocker Magazine," under the pen-name of "Simon Oakleaf," a series of articles called " Puddleford Papers, or Humors of the West," which were followed by " Puddleford and its People." The latter was issued in book-form (New York, 1854), and the earlier papers, which were partly humorous and partly descriptive of nature, were subsequently published in a volume in a revised form, and attained popularity (1857).
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