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Rep. Henry Wise

Former Representative for Virginia’s 7th District

Wise was the representative for Virginia’s 7th congressional district and was a Democrat. He served from 1843 to 1845.

He was previously the representative for Virginia’s 8th congressional district as a Whig from 1839 to 1843; the representative for Virginia’s 8th congressional district as a Whig from 1837 to 1839; the representative for Virginia’s 8th congressional district as a Jackson from 1835 to 1837; and the representative for Virginia’s 8th congressional district as a Jackson from 1833 to 1835.

Alleged misconduct & resolution

Wise faced an allegation of breach of the privileges of the House because on February 24, 1838 Graves killed Jonathan Cilley in a duel over words spoken in debate while Wise acted as a second. On Apr. 21, 1838, the Select Committee of Investigation recommended expulsion for Graves and censure for Wise. On May. 10, 1838, the House of Representatives tabled the censure resolution.

Apr. 21, 1838 Select Committee of Investigation recommended expulsion for Graves and censure for Wise
May. 10, 1838 House of Representatives tabled the censure resolution
Photo of Rep. Henry Wise [D-VA7, 1843-1845]

Voting Record

Missed Votes

From Dec 1833 to Feb 1844, Wise missed 1,229 of 3,069 roll call votes, which is 40.0%. This is much worse than the median of 23.5% among the lifetime records of representatives serving in Feb 1844. The chart below reports missed votes over time.

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Primary Sources

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