Ariosto A. Wiley

Ariosto Appling Wiley (November 6, 1848 – June 17, 1908) was a U.S. Representative from Alabama, brother of Oliver Cicero Wiley.

Ariosto A. Wiley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 2nd district
In office
March 4, 1901 – June 17, 1908
Preceded byJesse F. Stallings
Succeeded byOliver C. Wiley
Member of the Alabama Senate
In office
Member of the Alabama House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Ariosto Appling Wiley

(1848-11-06)November 6, 1848
Clayton, Alabama
DiedJune 17, 1908(1908-06-17) (aged 59)
Hot Springs, Virginia
Political partyDemocratic

Early lifeEdit

Born in Clayton, Alabama, Wiley moved with his parents to Troy, Alabama. He attended the common schools and was graduated from Emory and Henry College, Emory, Virginia, in 1870. He studied law, was admitted to the bar in 1871 and commenced practice in Clayton, Alabama. He moved to Montgomery, Alabama, the same year and continued the practice of law.

Military service and entry into politicsEdit

He 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. He served as member of the Alabama House of Representatives in 1884, 1885, 1888, 1889, 1896, and 1897. He served in the Alabama Senate in 1890–1893, 1898, and 1899.

He was 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. He served as 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. He served as delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1888.

Congressional career and deathEdit

Wiley was 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, Virginia, June 17, 1908. He was interred in Oakwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Alabama.

See alsoEdit


  • United States Congress. "Ariosto A. Wiley (id: W000466)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-5-14

External linksEdit

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Jesse F. Stallings
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 2nd congressional district

March 4, 1901 – June 17, 1908
Succeeded by
Oliver C. Wiley