Background on Governor Henry Wise
Josiah Ware had several communications with Henry Alexander Wise over the years. Wise was a native of Virginia himself, and became a member of congress in 1832. He served from 1833 until 1844 in that capacity. He was active in the election of President Tyler.
After his service in the congress, Henry Wise was then elected as the 33rd
Governor of the state of
Henry Wise was said to be a handsome man with a high forehead and a slender, chiseled face. His hair was only slightly gray, and his jaw was clean shaved. (Ref. #1) He was quite gregarious and definitely ambitious. In addition to being thought of as good-looking, Wise was also known to be quite a spellbinder with his oration skills. He could talk for hours on almost any subject. Unfortunately, he was also vain as a peacock (ref. #1) and on several occasions (in his younger years) he let his emotions govern his good sense. Most people found him very charming however, especially during his early political years.
After serving as governor, Wise settled with his family in 1860 on a large plantation
called Rolleston that was located near
It was no secret to most people that Henry Wise had his eyes set on becoming President of
1. Dissonance: The Turbulent Days
2. Letter from Henry Wise to Josiah Ware Dated
Feb. 1860 Transcribed by: Judy Ware 2008 Original is owned by Jane & Scott Dudgeon
2. Letter from Henry Wise to Josiah Ware Dated Feb. 1860 Transcribed by: Judy Ware 2008 Original is owned by Jane & Scott Dudgeon
3. Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 2008
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