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Emmett Montgomery Reily

Emmett Montgomery Reily was born in Sedalia, Mo., October 21, 1866.  Until the age of fifteen he lived in Calloway County, when he moved to Ft. Worth, Tex.

     He was engaged in Ft. Worth in the newspaper and real estate business, and was prominent in the political affairs of the State as a Republican, being chairman of that party's City and County Committees in Ft. Worth, besides being twice nominated by his party for County Clerk.  He served as a member of the City Committee for eight years.

     Mr. Reily came to this city in 1892.  Former Mayor James A. Jones made him his secretary in 1896, which place he held through two terms.  He went into the printing business after Mr. Jones' term of office expired, and remained there until appointed Chief Deputy by County Assessor Nofsinger.

     Mr. Reily holds the distinction of being the man who organized the first Roosevelt Club.  The club came into being July 18, 1901, and the membership made such prodigious strides that it soon reached 3,000.  The death of President McKinley soon after made the club useless for the purpose of its organization -- that of making President Roosevelt the Republican nominee for President in 1904 -- and it dissolved.

     Mr. Reily was made Assistant Postmaster by Postmaster J. H. Harris soon after his appointment in 1902.

     Mr. Reily married Miss Minnie Mountfortt at Ft. Worth in 1902.  They have one child, Gilliam, born in 1896.
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