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WILEY, Ariosto Appling (1848-1908)

WILEY, ARIOSTO APPLING, (brother of Oliver Cicero Wiley), a Representative from Alabama; born in Clayton, Barbour County, Ala., November 6, 1848; moved with his parents to Troy, Pike County, Ala.; attended the common schools and was graduated from Emory and Henry College, Emory, Va., in 1870; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1871 and commenced practice in Clayton, Ala.; moved to Montgomery, Ala., the same year and continued the practice of law; was captain of a Cavalry troop of the Alabama National Guard and later a lieutenant colonel commanding the Second Regiment of Infantry of the Alabama National Guard; member of the State house of representatives in 1884, 1885, 1888, 1889, 1896, and 1897; served in the State senate 1890-1893, 1898, and 1899; appointed by President McKinley on June 9, 1898, lieutenant colonel of the Fifth Regiment, United States Volunteer Infantry, and served during the Spanish-American War; legal adviser and chief of staff to Gen. Henry W. Lawton in Santiago, Cuba, and assisted Gen. Leonard Wood in the establishment of civil government in the eastern Province; delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1888; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-seventh and to the three succeeding Congresses and served from March 4, 1901, until his death at Hot Springs, Bath County, Va., June 17, 1908; interment in Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Ala.

Alabama Department of Archives and History
Montgomery, AL
Papers: In the Alabama Pamphlets Collection, 1821-1961, 13 cubic feet.
Some of the pamphlet authors include Ariosto A. Wiley.

  • United States. Congress (60th, 2nd session : 1909) Ariosto A. Wiley (late a Representative from Alabama): Memorial addresses, sixtieth Congress, second session, House of Representatives, February 21, 1909, Senate of the United States, February 27, 1909. Compiled under the direction of the Joint Committee of Printing. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1909.