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John Wise

Member From: 1791 - 1801

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  • Birth Date: 1767 Birth Place:Accomack County, Virginia
  • Death Date: March 30, 1812
  • Gender: Male Race: Caucasian
  • Spouse: Mary Henry; Sarah Corbin Cropper
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  • Bio: Born in Accomack County, Va., 1767 or earlier. Died in Accomack County, Va., March 30, 1812. Buried on a farm called “Clifton” and later “Chiconessex”, Accomack County, Va. John Wise of Accomack County was the son of Colonel John and Margaret (Douglas) Wise. He was the father of Governor Henry Alexander Wise. He was a lawyer and a Washington Federalist in politics. His practice of law, together with his inheritance as eldest son, made him one of the wealthiest men of his day on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. He was a member of the House of Delegates, 1791-1801. When the legislature met in December 1799, their first work was to get rid of their officers of Federalist tendencies. He was Commonwealth”s attorney for Accomack County, January 28 to November 25, 1805, and was clerk of Accomack County, 1805-12. He married firstly, 1788, Mary Henry (died August 9, 1796), daughter of judge James and Sarah (Scarburgh) Henry of Northumberland County, and secondly, April 18, 1799, Sarah Corbin Cropper (died 1813), daughter of General John and Margaret (Pettit) Cropper of Accomack County.
    While he was Speaker of the House, the Clerks were CHARLES HAY and JOHN STEWART.
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Speaker of House of Delegates - 1794 - 1799
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1791 Accomack
1792 Accomack Claims
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1793 Accomack
1794 Accomack Federalist Speaker of the House
1795 Accomack Federalist Speaker of the House
1796 Accomack Federalist Speaker of the House
1797-1798 Accomack Federalist Speaker of the House
1798-1799 Accomack Federalist Speaker of the House
1799-1800 Accomack Federalist Courts of Justice
Privileges and Elections
Propositions and Grievances
1800-1801 Accomack Democratic-Republican Privileges and Elections (Chair)
Courts of Justice
Propositions and Grievances

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