Albert Wiese was born in Bremen (in present-day Germany) in 1761. He served as Governor-General during the last years of the Batavian Republic and the early years of the Kingdom of Holland. During his time in office the British invaded Java. To reassert control, the government sent the revolutionary General Daendels, who promptly took over from Wiese and tried to drive out the British. A (much) later Governor-General, and Minister for the Colonies, Johannes van den Bosch, was adjutant-general under Governor-General Wiese.