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Richard Alsop Wise


Richard Alsop Wise
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd district
In office
March 12, 1900 – December 21, 1900
Preceded by William A. Young
Succeeded by Harry L. Maynard
In office
April 26, 1898 – March 4, 1899
Preceded by William A. Young
Succeeded by William A. Young
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates
In office
1910 – 1912
Personal details
Born (1843-09-02)September 2, 1843
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died December 21, 1900(1900-12-21) (aged 57)
Williamsburg, Virginia
Resting place Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
Political party Republican
Alma mater College of William and Mary
Medical College of Virginia
Profession civil servant, professor, physician
Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America
Service/branch Confederate Army
Unit Army of Northern Virginia
Wise's Brigade of Infantry, Stuart's Cavalry Corps
Battles/wars American Civil War

Richard Alsop Wise (September 2, 1843 – December 21, 1900) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia, son of Henry Alexander Wise, grandson of John Sergeant, brother of John Sergeant Wise, and cousin of George Douglas Wise.

Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Wise attended private schools in Richmond, Virginia, Harrison's Academy, Albemarle County, Virginia, and the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia, for two years. During the Civil War served in the Confederate States Army as a private in Stuart's cavalry and as assistant inspector general of Wise's brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. He was graduated in medicine from the Medical College of Virginia in 1867 and practiced. Professor at the College of William and Mary 1869–1881. He served as delegate to all Republican State conventions from 1879 to 1900. Superintendent of the Eastern Lunatic Asylum of Virginia 1882–1885. He served as member of the State house of delegates 1885–1887. He served as clerk of the circuit and county courts of the city of Williamsburg and county of James City 1888–1894. He served as delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1892, 1896, and 1900. He successfully contested as a Republican the election of William A. Young to the Fifty-fifth Congress and served from April 26, 1898, to March 3, 1899. He was again successful in contesting the election of William A. Young to the Fifty-sixth Congress and served from March 12, 1900, until his death in Williamsburg, Virginia, December 21, 1900. He was interred in Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia.

Electoral History

1896

Wise was originally defeated in his bid for election to the U.S. House of Representatives by Democrat William Albin Young, however the election was contested and Wise was seated. He won a special election unopposed.

1898

Wise was defeated for re-election by Democrat Young but the election was again contested and Wise was seated again. He won a special election unopposed.

Source

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

Preceded by
William A. Young
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd congressional district

1900
Succeeded by
Harry L. Maynard
Preceded by
William A. Young
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 2nd congressional district

1898 – 1899
Succeeded by
William A. Young
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