A Compendium of Irish Biography/Wilde, Richard Henry

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Wilde, Richard Henry, a lawyer, was born in Dublin, 24th September 1789. At an early age he was taken by his parents to the United States, where he studied law, was called to the Bar, and became a distinguished orator. He attained the position of Attorney-General of the State of Georgia, and was thrice elected to Congress between 1815 and 1835. He spent some years on the Continent of Europe, and was the fortunate discoverer of an old fresco portrait of Dante on the wall of the Bargello at Florence. Mr. Wilde was the author of a Life of Tasso, published in 1842; and of some Lyrics. He died at New Orleans, 10th September 1847, aged 57. [1]

  1. Biographical Dictionary—American Biography: Francis S. Drake. Boston, 1876.