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Richard Wilson Riley

Richard Wilson Riley, lawyer, former United States Secretary of Education. Bar: South Carolina 1960. Member of Greenville Bar Association, South Carolina Bar Association, Rotary, Phi Beta Kappa.

Background

  • Riley, Richard Wilson was born on January 2, 1933 in Greenville, South Carolina, United States. Son of Edward Patterson and Martha Elizabeth (Dixon) Riley.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Furman University, 1954. Juris Doctor, University South Carolina, 1959.

    Career

    • Partner Riley & Riley, Greenville, 1959—1978, Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough, Greenville and Columbia, 1987—1993, Greenville, since 2001. Governor State of South Carolina, 1979—1987. Secretary United States Department Education, Washington, 1993—2001.

      Distinguished university professor University South Carolina, Columbia, since 2001. Distinguished professor government, politics, public policy Furman University, since 2001. Special assistant to subcommittee United States Senate Judicial Committee, 1960.

      Member South Carolina House of Representatives, 1963—1966, South Carolina Senate from Greenville-Laurens District, 1966—1976. Senior advisory and chair Richard W. Riley Institute Government, Politics and Public Leadership, Furman University, since 2001. Board directors ACT (American College Testing Program).

      Board trustees Knowledge Works Foundation, since 2001. Trustee Carnegie Corporation New York, since 2004, Furman University, since 2001. Former board directors Public Broadcasting Service (Public Broadcasting Service).

      Lieutenant (junior grade) United States Naval Reserve, 1954-1956.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: South Carolina 1960.

    Membership

    Member of Greenville Bar Association, South Carolina Bar Association, Rotary, Phi Beta Kappa.

    Connections

    • Married Ann Osteen Yarborough, August 23, 1957. Children: Richard Wilson, Anne Y., Hubert D., Theodore D.
    • father: Edward Patterson Riley
    • mother: Martha Elizabeth (Dixon) Riley
    • spouse: Ann Osteen Yarborough
    • children: Richard Wilson Riley
    • Anne Y. Riley
    • Hubert D. Riley
    • Theodore D. Riley
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    Nationality
    • 1954
      Furman University
    • 1959
      University South Carolina
    • 1959 - 1978
      Partner, Riley & Riley
      Greenville, North Carolina, United States
    • 1979 - 1987
      governor State of South Carolina
    • 1987 - 1993
      Partner, Riley & Riley
      Mullins, South Carolina, United States
    • 1993 - 2001
      secretary, United States Department Education
      Washington, United States
    • 2001
      Partner, Riley & Riley
      Greenville, North Carolina, United States
    • 2001
      distinguished university professor, University South Carolina
      Columbia, Missouri, United States
    • 2001
      distinguished professor, government
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