Saturday, February 9, 2013

Governor Henry Alexander Wise (1806-1876)

Commissioned by Tibby Ford of Washington, DC as a portrait of her husband's relative who was a US Congressman and governor of Virginia. He supported secession. As a Congressman, one of his last acts was to sign the death warrant of John Brown. He also had a career in law and was a brigadier general in the Confederate army. Ironically, one of his properties, lost in the war, became a school for newly emancipated slaves and there children. Married three times, the first two wives of nineteen years produced fourteen children, seven of which lived to adulthood. He settled with his third wife in Richmond and resumed his law career. His two surviving sons were active in both state and Federal politics.

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