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Riley, Charles Valentinelocked

(18 September 1843–14 September 1895)
  • Edward H. Smith


Riley, Charles Valentine (18 September 1843–14 September 1895), entomologist, was born in London, England, the son of Charles Edmund Fewtrell Wylde, an Anglican clergyman, and Mary Louisa Cannon. An illegitimate child, Riley was reared by his mother and her family, who were middle-class people with strong family ties and an appreciation of education. His mother selected his surname. Riley attended school at Walton-on-Thames, then boarding school in London. At thirteen years of age he was enrolled in private schools at Dieppe, France, and then in Bonn, Germany. His formal education ended in his seventeenth year, when he emigrated to the United States to join family friends in livestock farming on the prairie frontier at Kankakee, Illinois....

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