Mary T. Reiley

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Mary T. Reiley
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BornMay 15 or May 17, 1858
DiedOctober 16, 1878
CitizenshipUnited States of America
Alma materState Normal School

Mary Trimble Reiley (May 15 or May 17, 1858 - October 16 1878) was a poet. Her poems included the slaughter of John Gair. She was the daughter of John Arndt Reiley.[1] He was a minister who also died in 1878 of yellow fever[2][3] along with some of her siblings.[1]

She graduated from the State Normal School in Trenton, New Jersey in 1878 "with the highest standing of any graduate of the institution up to that time." She had poems published in the New York prior to her death and after her death her teacher and friend Miss Mathews published a 276 page volume of her poems. It was published in 1879.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 A History of Louisiana Volume 2 pages 291-292, by Henry E. Chambers. Published by The American Historical Society, Inc., Chicago and New York, 1925 via [1]
  2. Association, Princeton Theological Seminary Alumni (February 1, 1891). "Necrological Reports and Annual Proceedings of the Alumni Association of Princeton Theological Seminary". Princeton Theological Seminary. – via Google Books.
  3. Coffin, Selden Jennings (February 1, 1879). "Record of the Men of Lafayette: Brief Biographical Sketches of the Alumni of Lafayette College from Its Organization to the Present Time". The College – via Google Books.
  4. Reiley, Mary Trimble (February 1, 1879). "Mary T. Reiley's poems". Printed by Naar, Day, & Naar – via Hathi Trust.

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