40 MARYLAND MANUAL.
HUGH RIDGELY RILEY.
Hugh Ridgely Riley was born in Baltimore on June 5,
1875. He is the son of Elihu S. Riley. Mr. Riley gradu-
ated from St. John's College in 1893, and from the Uni-
versity of Maryland in 1896. Before he was 21, Mr.
Riley had taken the degrees of A. B. and A. M. from St.
John's and the degree of LL. B. from the University of
Maryland. While at St. John's and the University, he
took great interest in athletics. Mr. Riley is probably
the youngest man ever elected to the Legislature in his
county. His strength was with the younger element of
the party. He practices law in Baltimore; is president
of the Athletic Association of the University of Mary-
land, and is descended from the colonial Tuckers and
Cockeys of the Eastern Shore, and from Col. Henry
Ridgely (1658), and from Matthew Hawking, who settled
in Annapolis in 1649, and was a lineal descendant of Sir
John Hawkins, who commanded the Rear Squadron of
the English fleet in its fight with the Spanish Armada.
Mr. Potee was born in Anne Arundel county in 1859,
and is the son of George N. Potee, who was for many
years the leader of the Democracy of his district and one
of the leaders of the Democracy of the county. Mr. Potee
was born. in Brooklyn, Anne Arundel county, in 1859,
where he has resided all his life. He is married. He
succeeded his father in the business of manufacturing
bricks, and conducts and manages successfully a large
business. He is a man of sound judgment, fearless in
giving his opinion, and quite popular in his section.
B. ALLEIN WELCH.
B. Allein Welch was born at West River, in Anne
Arundel county, on March 24, 1862. His father was B.
Allein Welch, who at one time represented this county
in the Legislature, and was also a tobacco inspector under
Gov. Oden Bowie. Mr. Welch was educated in the public
schools of the county. He is a large tobacco grower and
farmer. Mr. Welch has always taken an active interest
in politics. He was district assessor in 1896. He married
a daughter of Ex-Judge Ogle, of Prince George's county.
Benjamin Welch was the grandfather of Delegate Welch.
His maternal grandmother was a sister of Col. Moses
Rawlings, a distinguished Maryland officer in the
Revolutionary War. Charles Drury, who was the great-