George D. Wise

George Douglas Wise ( born June 4, 1831 Accomack County, Virginia; † February 4, 1898 in Richmond, Virginia ) was an American politician. Between 1881 and 1895 he represented several times the state of Virginia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


George Wise was a cousin of Congressman John Sergeant Wise (1846-1913) and Richard Alsop Wise (1843-1900) as well as the nephew of Governor Henry A. Wise ( 1806-1876 ). He was born on the family estate in the Deep Creek Accomack County and studied at Indiana University in Bloomington later. After a subsequent study of law at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, and his admission as an attorney, he began working in Richmond in this profession. During the Civil War he was a captain in the army of the Confederacy. Since 1870, he served as a prosecutor in Richmond. At the same time he proposed as a member of the Democratic Party launched a political career.

In the congressional elections of 1880 Wise in the third electoral district of Virginia was in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Joseph E. Johnston on March 4, 1881. After three re- elections he was initially able to complete four legislative sessions in Congress until March 3, 1889. From 1885 to 1887, he headed the craft committee. George Wise was re-elected in 1888 and entered another term in Congress on March 4, 1889. His Republican opponent Edmund Waddill but put against the election results a contradiction. When this was granted, Wise had to cede to Waddill, who finished the legislature until March 3, 1891 from his position on 12 April 1890.

In the elections of 1890 Wise was re-elected in the third district of his state in Congress, as a replacement for 1891 Waddill again on March 4. After a re-election, he could remain until March 3, 1895 the House of Representatives. During this time he stood before the Committee on the Internal and Foreign Trade. After the end of his time in Congress, George Wise is no longer politically have appeared. He died on February 4, 1898 in Richmond.