1849 – Born on October 7th in Greenfield, Indiana. A poet remembered for nostalgic dialect verse and often called “the poet of the common people”.
1888-1900 – Riley’s numerous volumes of verse are Pipes o’ Pan at Zekesbury, Old-Fashioned Roses, The Flying Islands of the Night, A Child-World, and Home Folks.
– His best-known poems included “When the Frost Is on the Punkin,” “Little Orphant Annie,” “The Raggedy Man,” and “An Old Sweetheart of Mine.” His poems were collected in Complete Works, 10 volumes.
1916 – Died on July 22nd in Indianapolis, Indiana.