George D. Wise

For the American Union general, see George D. Wise (Union).
George Douglas Wise
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd district
In office
March 4, 1891  March 3, 1895
Preceded by Edmund Waddill, Jr.
Succeeded by Tazewell Ellett
In office
March 4, 1881  April 11, 1890
Preceded by Joseph E. Johnston
Succeeded by Edmund Waddill, Jr.
Chairman of the House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce
In office
March 28, 1892 March 3, 1895
Preceded by Roger Quarles Mills
Succeeded by William Peters Hepburn
Chairman of the House Committee on Manufactures
In office
March 4, 1887 March 3, 1889
Preceded by John Holroyd Bagley, Jr.
Succeeded by Henry Bacon
Personal details
Born June 4, 1831
Deep Creek, Accomack County, Virginia
Died February 4, 1908(1908-02-04) (aged 76)
Richmond, Virginia
Resting place Hollywood Cemetery, Richmond, Virginia
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Indiana University
College of William and Mary
Profession lawyer
Military service
Allegiance  Confederate States of America
Service/branch  Confederate States Army
Rank Captain
Battles/wars American Civil War

George Douglas Wise (June 4, 1831 February 4, 1908) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia, cousin of John Sergeant Wise and Richard Alsop Wise and nephew of Henry Alexander Wise.


The son of Tully Robinson and Margaret Douglas Pettitt (Wise) Wise, he was born at "Deep Creek," the Wise estate in Accomack County, near Onancock, Virginia, Wise was graduated from Indiana University at Bloomington. He studied law in the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Richmond, Virginia. He served as captain in the Confederate States Army during the Civil War. He was Commonwealth's attorney of the city of Richmond from 1870 to 1889, when he resigned.

Wise was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1889). He served as chairman of the Committee on Manufactures (Forty-ninth Congress). Presented credentials as a Member-elect to the Fifty-first Congress and served from March 4, 1889, to April 10, 1890, when he was succeeded by Edmund Waddill, Jr., who contested his election.

Wise was elected to the Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses (March 4, 1891 March 3, 1895). He served as chairman of the committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce (Fifty-second and Fifty-third Congresses). Wise was a delegate to the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1901. He died in Richmond, Virginia, February 4, 1908. He was interred in Hollywood Cemetery.

Electoral History


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph E. Johnston
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Edmund Waddill, Jr.
Preceded by
Edmund Waddill, Jr.
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Tazewell Ellett
Political offices
Preceded by
Roger Quarles Mills
Chairman of the House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee
Succeeded by
William Peters Hepburn
Preceded by
John Holroyd Bagley, Jr.
New York
Chairman of the House Manufactures Committee
Succeeded by
Henry Bacon
New York
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