Ariosto A. Wiley

Ariosto Appling Wiley ( born November 6, 1848 in Clayton, Barbour County, Alabama, † June 17, 1908 in Hot Springs, Bath County, Virginia) was an American lawyer and politician (Democratic Party). He was the brother of U.S. Representative Oliver Cicero Wiley.


Ariosto Appling Wiley moved with his parents to Troy (Alabama ). There he attended the Community School and then graduated in 1870 at Emory and Henry College in Emory ( Virginia). He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1871 and then began in Clayton (Alabama ) to practice. In the same year he moved to Montgomery ( Alabama), where he continued his activities as a lawyer. He also served as a captain in the cavalry of the Alabama National Guard and commanded later as Lieutenant Colonel the 2nd Infantry Regiment of the Alabama National Guard.

Wiley also pursued a political career. He was a member of the House of Representatives from Alabama in 1884, 1885, 1888, 1889, 1896 and 1897. In addition, he worked 1890-1893 as well as in the years 1898 and 1899 in the Senate of Alabama. On 9 June 1898, he was appointed by U.S. President McKinley to the Lieutenant Colonel in the 5th Regiment of United States Volunteer Infantery and then served in the Spanish -American War. He has served as legal counsel and chief of staff of General Henry W. Lawton in Santiago (Cuba) and then assisted General Leonard Wood in the establishment of a civil government in the eastern province. Wiley took in 1888 at the Democratic National Convention in part. He was elected to the 57th U.S. Congress and reelected to the three succeeding U.S. Congresses, where he served from March 4, 1901 until his death in 1908 in Hot Springs ( Virginia). Wiley was buried at the Oakwood Cemetery in Montgomery (Alabama ).