William Henry Stiles

William Henry Stiles ( born January 1, 1808 in Savannah, Georgia, † December 20, 1865 ) was an American politician. Between 1843 and 1845 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives. He was also from 1845 to 1849 Ambassador of the United States in the Empire of Austria.


William Stiles was a grandson of Joseph Clay (1741-1804), who had been elected for Georgia in the Continental Congress. He attended the schools of his home. After a subsequent law degree from Yale College and his made ​​in 1831 admitted to the bar he began in Savannah to work in his new profession. Between 1833 and 1836 he was Attorney General ( Solicitor General ) for the eastern part of Georgia.

Politically, Stiles was a member of the Democratic Party. In the state- wide held congressional elections of 1842, he was the second deputy's mandate of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC chosen, where he became the successor of Thomas Flournoy Foster on March 4, 1843. By March 3, 1845 Stiles graduated but only one term in Congress. This was marked by the discussions about a possible annexation since 1836 the independent Republic of Mexico Texas. After his time in the House of Representatives Stiles was appointed by the new President James K. Polk, the U.S. ambassador to Austria. This office he held until 1849. During his time in Vienna he witnessed the revolution of 1848, which led to the overthrow of Klemens von Metternich in Austria.

Upon his return to Georgia Stiles again worked as a lawyer in Savannah. In addition, he was elected to the House of Representatives of Georgia, which he was president in 1858. In 1860, Stiles was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in Baltimore. During the now ensuing civil war he served as a colonel in the army of the Confederacy. Then he focused on literary matters. William Stiles died on 20 December 1865 in his hometown of Savannah.