1849 – 1916

James Whitcomb Riley was born in Greenfield, Indiana, surrounded by farmland and primitive forests.  The wooden planked National Road, which American pioneers and settlers used to travel to the western half of the nation, ran right through Greenfield.  Riley's childhood and home were great influences on him.  

Riley's most famous poems were about people and situations from his real life.  Like many poets, Riley published his first works in newspapers. He often wrote in his own dialect, appealing to the majority of people with his common style and words.

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James Whitcomb Riley