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Wiley, Calvin Henderson

Calvin Henderson Wiley (1819-1887) of Guilford County, NC, was the son of David L. and Anne Woodburn Wiley. He attended the Caldwell Institute, then entered the University in 1838. A member of the Dialectic Society, he graduated in 1840, receiving MA and DD degrees in 1845 and 1881 respectively. Wiley was admitted to the bar in 1841, moved to Oxford, NC, and became the editor of the Oxford Mercury. From 1847 to 1863 he published several books, among them Alamance (1847), Roanoke (1849), and Life in the South (1852). As a member of the NC House of Commons from 1850 to 1852, Wiley worked successfully to pass a law establishing the office of state superintendent of common schools. He held the post from 1853 to 1865, when all state offices were declared vacant after the Civil War. In 1862 he married Mittie Towles, with whom he had seven children. In 1866 Wiley was ordained a Presbyterian minister and became an agent for the American Bible Society. He served as a University trustee from 1874 to 1887 (Dictionary of North Carolina Biography 6:196-97).