|Name||Henry A. Wise|
, Virginia , United States
|| December 03, 1806
|| September 12, 1876
Jan 01, 2011 12:40pm
|Info||WISE, 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.