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Richard Alsop Wise

Member From: 1885 - 1887

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  • Birth Date: September 2, 1843 Birth Place:Philadelphia, PA
  • Death Date: December 21, 1900
  • Gender: Male Race: Caucasian, English, Welsh, Scottish
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  • Education: Attended Harrison's Academy in Albemarle County and the College of William & Mary; Graduated from Medical College of Virginia in 1867
  • Military Service: Joined the Confederate Army as a private in J.E.B. Stuart’s cavalry; later joined the 10th Virginia Cavalry (Wise’s Brigade) a lieutenant and became an aide-de-camp to his father, Brigadier General Henry Alexander Wise (former governor of Virginia). Served as Assistant Inspector General and surrendered with his father at Appomattox; 1871, reorganized the Williamsburg militia as Wise’s Light Infantry
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  • Memberships/Affiliations: served a professor of chemistry at W&M (1869-1881)
    named superintendent of the Eastern Lunatic Asylum (1882-1885)
  • Additional Info: Successfully contested the election of William A. Young to the 56th Congress
  • Other Notable Service and/or Elected Offices: Clerk of Courts, James City County and Williamsburg (188-1894)
    Member, US House of Representatives ( April 26, 1898-March 3, 1899 and from March 12, 1900 until his death on December 21, 1900)
    Republican who attended every state convention from 1879-1900
Session District District Number Party Leadership Committees
1885-1887 Elizabeth City, Warwick, James City and York Republican Labor and Poor
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