Riley, Franklin Lafayette, Jr.
- Hans C. Rasmussen
Riley, Franklin Lafayette, Jr. (24 August 1868–10 November 1929), historian, was born near Hebron, Mississippi, the eldest son of Franklin Lafayette Riley, Sr., a farmer and general merchant, and his wife, Balsorah Indiana Weathersby. He attended the public schools of his rural home county before receiving a bachelor of arts degree from Mississippi College, a private Baptist institution in Clinton in 1889. After teaching public school in Hebron for one year, Riley returned to Mississippi College to pursue a master of arts degree, which he received in 1891. That same year he married Fannie Leigh of Grenada, Mississippi, with whom he would have seven children. Riley served as principal of the high school in Hebron for the next two years, but his ambition for an academic career prompted him to enroll in Johns Hopkins University in 1893....