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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;
elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-third and Twenty-fourth Congresses, as a
Whig to the Twenty-fifth through Twenty-seventh Congresses, and as a Democrat
to the Twenty-eighth Congress and served from March 4, 1833, until his
resignation on February 12, 1844; chairman, Committee on Naval Affairs
(Twenty-seventh and Twenty-eighth Congresses); was appointed Minister to France
in 1843, but was not confirmed; Minister to Brazil 1844-1847; delegate to the
State constitutional convention in 1850; Governor of Virginia 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
BibliographySimpson, Craig M.
A Good Southerner: The Life of Henry A. Wise of Virginia.
Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1985; Wise, Henry Alexander.
Seven Decades of the Union. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott,