STILES, William Henry, (grandson of Joseph Clay),
a Representative from Georgia; born in Savannah, Ga., January 1, 1808; completed
preparatory studies; studied law at Yale College; was admitted to the bar in 1831 and commenced
practice in Savannah, Ga.; solicitor general for the eastern district of Georgia 1833-1836; elected as a
Democrat to the Twenty-eighth Congress (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1845); appointed on April 19,
1845, by President Polk as Chargé dAffaires to Austria and served until October 1849; resumed the
practice of law in Savannah; member of the State house of representatives and served as speaker in
1858; delegate from the State at large to the commercial congress held at Montgomery, Ala., in 1858;
delegate to the Democratic National Convention at Baltimore in 1860; served as colonel in the
Confederate Army during the Civil War; engaged in literary pursuits; died in Savannah, Ga.,
December 20, 1865; interment in Laurel Grove Cemetery.
BibliographyHarwell, Christopher L. William Stiles: Georgia
Gentleman-Politician. Ph.D. dissertation, Emory University, 1959.