RILEY, Richard, was born of English parents, at
Marcus Hook, Chester (now De) Co, 12-14-1735. He was appointed a justice
of the peace in 1766 and was continued in that capacity until the Revolution.
When the public attention was directed to the controversy with the
mother-country, Richard Riley was found with Anthony Wayne, Francis
Johnston,Richard Thomas, William Montgomery and the other early asserters of
American rights, attending the county gatherings of the people, to devise
measures of defense. He was one of the Provincial Conference which
appointed new delegates to the Continental Congress, with instructions to vote
for independence, 5 of their immediate predecessors having flinched on that
momentous question. When Chester co was divided in 1789, Mr. Riley was
elected to the Legislature from the new county, and continued 2 years.
He was afterward appointed associate judge of Delaware County, and died Aug
27, 1850, in his 85th year.