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John Riley

Born: Feb 8, 1817

Death: Oct 10, 1850

Birthplace: Clifden

Nationality: United Kingdom

John Riley

Date of Birth : Feb 8, 1817
Date of Death : Oct 10, 1850
Birth Place : Clifden

John Patrick Riley, also known as John Patrick O'Riley, was an Irish soldier in the British Army who emigrated to the United States and subsequently enlisted in the United States Army. During the Mexican-American War of 1846-48, Riley led a number of other Irish Catholics in the ranks who defected to Mexico, where they formed the Saint Patrick's Battalion in the Mexican Army.

Also known as


  • John O''Riley
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