John S. Wise was a(1883–1885), a judge, and, late in his career, a writer of novels and history. Born in Brazil the son of , who went on to serve as governor of Virginia, John Wise grew up in Accomack County. He attended the and fought at the (1864) during the (1861–1865) before earning a law degree at the University of Virginia and following his father into politics. In the 1870s he became a follower of and joined his , which and supported reducing the principal and interest on the . After losing to his cousin George D. Wise in 1880, Wise won a seat in Congress in 1882, serving one term, serving as a U.S. attorney for a year in the interim. An outspoken politician who fought at least one duel, Wise lost the governor’s race to in 1885, leaving Virginia and its toxic political atmosphere three years later to practice law in New York. There he wrote novels, including one in the voice of his favorite hunting dog, a memoir, and an account of his political career. He retired in 1907 and died six years later.