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George Douglas WISE

(1831-1898)

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.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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