Sir William George Eden Wiseman, 10th Baronet
(1 February 1885
– 17 June 1962
) was a British
intelligence agent and banker. He was a general partner at American investment bank Kuhn, Loeb & Co.
from 1929 till 1960.
The grandson of Sir William Wiseman, 8th Baronet
, a British naval officer, he received his education at Winchester College
and Jesus College, Cambridge
. As a businessman before the outbreak of World War I
he was Chairman in London of Hendens Trust. From 1914 he served as a Lieutenant Colonel
with the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry
but, following injury, transferred to military intelligence. He was sent by Secret Intelligence Service
director, Mansfield Smith-Cumming
, to establish the agency's office in New York
, 'Section V'. As the head of the British intelligence mission in the United States, Wiseman was extensively involved in the counter-intelligence against the Indian sedetionists
and was ultimately responsible for leaking to New York Police
, bypassing diplomatic channels, the details of a bomb plot that led to the uncovering of the Hindu Conspiracy
He acted as a liaison between Woodrow Wilson and the British government. He and his associate General Julius Klein were closely associated with Special Advisor to Wilson Colonel Edward M. House. Wiseman was also a mentor to spy chief William Stephenson. After the war, was a participant in the 1919 Paris Peace Conference. He remained in the U.S. as an employee of Kuhn Loeb, becoming a partner in 1929.