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REILY, John, soldier, born in Leeds, England, 12 April, 1752; died in Myerstown, Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, 2 May, 1810. He emigrated with his father, Benin-rain, to Pennsylvania, studied law, and was admitted to the bar just before the Revolution. He was commissioned as captain in the 12th Pennsylvania regiment, and was transferred to the 3d regiment in 1778, and severely wounded at Bonhamton, New Jersey Returning to his home, he recovered. He was not a brilliant orator, but was a polished writer, and left several manuscripts. He published "A Compendium for Pennsylvania Justices of the Peace," which was the first work of its character printed in this country (Harrisburg, 1795). He married Elizabeth Myer, daughter of the founder of Myerstown, Pennsylvania One of their sons, LUTHER, practised medicine in Harrisburg, was elected to congress as a Democrat, serving from 4 September, 1837, till 3 March, 1839, and died soon after the expiration of his term.
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