Riley J. Wilson

Riley Joseph Wilson ( born November 12, 1871 Goldonna, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, † February 23, 1946 in Ruston, Louisiana ) was an American politician. Between 1915 and 1937 he represented the state of Louisiana in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Riley Wilson attended the public schools of his home including the Beeson College in Arcadia. After he graduated in 1894 Iuka Normal Institute in the state of Mississippi. Between 1895 and 1897 he taught as a teacher at Harrisonburg High School in Louisiana. After a subsequent study of law and its made ​​in 1898 admitted to the bar he began in Harrisonburg to work in his new profession.

Politically, Wilson became a member of the Democratic Party. In 1898 he was a member of a meeting on the revision of the Constitution of Louisiana. From 1898 to 1904 Wilson published the paper " Catahoula News". Between 1900 and 1904 he sat as an MP in the House of Representatives from Louisiana. After that, he was from 1904 to 1910 District Attorney in the eighth judicial district of this state. The following four years until 1914 he was a judge in the same district.

In the congressional elections of 1912 Wilson was in the fifth electoral district of his state in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of James Walter Elder on March 4, 1913. After ten re- election he was able to complete in Congress until January 3, 1937 eleven consecutive legislative periods. This period was, among other things, the First World War. Moreover 1913-1933 six constitutional amendments were adopted. Since 1929 the work of the U.S. House of Representatives was shaped by the events of the Great Depression. From 1917 to 1919 Wilson was Chairman of the Election Committee; 1931 to 1937 he headed the committee that dealt with the flood protection. In 1920 he was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in San Francisco, has been nominated for the James M. Cox as their presidential candidate. In 1928 he ran for the governorship of Louisiana, but was defeated in the primary of his party Huey Long.

In 1936, Riley Wilson was not nominated by his party for another term in Congress. After his retirement from the U.S. House of Representatives, he withdrew from public life. He died on 23 February 1946 in Ruston.