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Henry Alexander Wise Papers

Identifier: SC 01269

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Scope and Contents

Three letters (1856-1859) concerning United States politics (especially the 1856 presidential election), and his family; containing his views on religion and liberty; and making an appeal to James Buchanan on behalf of a candidate for appointed office.


  • Creation: 1856-1859


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Biographical Information:

H. A. Wise (1806-1876) was a Virginia Governor and US Representative. Further information about this individual or organization may be available in the Special Collections Research Center Wiki:


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Acquisition Information:

The materials in this collection were donated and purchased by Special Collections on three separate occasions between 1972-73 and 1982.

Related Materials:

See also the Henry A. Wise Letter, Mss Acc. 2000S W63, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.

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Previously identified as Mss 72s W75.

Guide to the Henry Alexander Wise Papers
Finding Aid Authors: Special Collections Staff.
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The collection description/finding aid is written in English

Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections Research Center Repository