WISE, George Douglas, (1831 - 1898)


”The House of Representatives of the Fifty Third Congress” (detail), The Graphic Chicago, 1893, Collection of U.S. House of Representatives

WISE, George Douglas, (cousin of John Sergeant Wise and Richard Alsop Wise and nephew of Henry Alexander Wise), a Representative from Virginia; born at “Deep Creek,” the Wise estate in Accomack County, near Onancock, Va., June 4, 1831; was graduated from Indiana University at Bloomington; studied law in the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Va.; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Richmond, Henrico County, Va.; captain in the Confederate Army during the Civil War; Commonwealth attorney of the city of Richmond from 1870 to 1889, when he resigned; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1889); chairman, Committee on Manufactures (Forty-ninth Congress); presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Fifty-first Congress and served from March 4, 1889, to April 10, 1890, when he was succeeded by Edmund Waddill, Jr., who contested his election; elected to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891-March 3, 1895); chairman, committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce (Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses); died in Richmond, Va., February 4, 1898; interment in Hollywood Cemetery.