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Governor of Virginia , army officer

Henry Alexander Wise, American governor of Virginia, army officer. member United States House of Representatives from Virginia, 23d-28th congresses, 1833-February 12, 1844; member Virginia Constitutional Convention, 1850-1851.

Background

Wise, Henry Alexander was born on December 3, 1806 in Drummondtown, Virginia, United States. Son of Major John and Sarah Corbin (Cropper) Wise.

Education

Graduate Washington (Pennsylvania) College, 1825. Attended law school, Winchester, Virginia.

Career

Admitted to bar, Nashville, Tennessee, 1828. Practiced law, Nashville, 1828-1830, Accomac County, Virginia, from 1830. Supporter of Jackson, 1828, joined Whigs in Bank of the United States controversy, 1832.

Member United States House of Representatives from Virginia, 23d-28th congresses, 1833-February 12, 1844. Influential in nomination of Tyler as Whig candidate for vice president United States, 1840. Appointed United States minister to France, rejected by Senate, 1843.

United States minister to Brazil, 1844-1847. Democratic presidential elector, Virginia, 1848, 52. Member Virginia Constitutional Convention, 1850-1851.

Delegate to National Democratic Convention, 1852, worked for nomination of Franklin Pierce. Governor Virginia, 1856-1860, sponsored internal improvement schemes, quelled John Brown’s raid, 1859, destroyed influence of Know-Nothing Party in Virginia. Delegate to Virginia Secession Convention, 1861, opposed secession ordinance, but later was strong supporter of Confederacy.

Commissioned brigadier general Confederate Army, 1861, raised regiment, served in Western Virginia and Roanoke Island, North Carolina Author: Seven Decades of the Union, 1872.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Author: Seven Decades of the Union, 1872.

Membership

Member United States House of Representatives from Virginia, 23d-28th congresses, 1833-February 12, 1844. Member Virginia Constitutional Convention, 1850-1851.

Connections

Married Ann Jennings, October 8, 1828. Married second, Sarah Sergant, November 1840.

father:
Major John Wise

mother:
Sarah Corbin (Cropper) Wise

spouses:
Ann Jennings

Sarah Sergant