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  Wise, Henry A.
NameHenry A. Wise
Accomac, Virginia , United States
Born December 03, 1806
DiedSeptember 12, 1876 (69 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedRBH
Aug 28, 2015 12:44am
InfoWISE, Henry Alexander, (father of John Sergeant Wise and Richard Alsop Wise and uncle of George Douglas Wise), a Representative from Virginia; born in Drummondtown, Accomack County, Va., December 3, 1806; was privately tutored until his twelfth year and then entered Margaret Academy, near Pungoteague, Accomack County; was graduated from Washington College, Pennsylvania, in 1825; studied law in Winchester, Va.; was admitted to the bar in 1828 and commenced practice in Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn.; returned to Virginia in 1830; held several local offices

U.S. House (VA) 1833-2/12/1844; chairman, Committee on Naval Affairs (Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth Congresses); was a Democrat 1833-1836, Whig 1836-1842, Democrat 1842-1844. After John Tyler became President, Wise was Tyler's floor leader in the U.S. House.

Appointed Minister to France in 1843, but was not confirmed

Minister to Brazil 1844-1847

Delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1850;

Governor (D-VA) 1856-1860

Delegate to the Virginia Convention, 1861; served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; resumed the practice of law in Richmond, Henrico County, Va.; served on the commission to fix the boundary line between Virginia and Maryland; died in Richmond, Va., September 12, 1876; interment in Hollywood Cemetery.

Norman D. Brown, Edward Stanly: Whiggery's Tarheel 'Conqueror', p. 1.


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Wife Sarah Sergent Wise Nov 00, 1840-Sep 12, 1876
Son Richard A. Wise 1843-1900
Son John S. Wise 1846-1913
Grandson Henry A. Wise 1881-1951
Father In-Law John Sergeant 1779-1852
Mother In-Law Margaretta Sergeant 0000-

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