Henry A. Wise

Henry Alexander Wise ( born December 3, 1806 Drummond Town (now Accomac ), Virginia; † September 12, 1876 in Richmond, Virginia ) is an American politician (Democratic Party) and General of the Confederate Army.


Wise struck at the end of his training at Washington College in Pennsylvania initially a legal career. He was admitted to the bar in 1828 and thereafter began in Nashville ( Tennessee) to practice. Of 4 March 1833 to 12 February 1844, he was as a representative of Virginia in the House of Representatives of the United States. At times, he was also a member of the Whig party.

In 1843 Wise to the U.S. ambassador was appointed in France, but the confirmation by the Senate failed to materialize. But in 1844 he was able to take up the post of ambassador in Brazil, which he held until 1847.

From 1856 to 1860 Wise was governor of the state of Virginia. He was John Brown, an opponent of slavery, condemned to death, to set an example. During the war he served as a Brigadier General and advised General Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Court House to surrender. After the war he became a lawyer in Richmond. His two sons John and Richard were congressmen. His brother in law was the Northern States - General George Gordon Meade.