Alexander Hamilton Rice (1818 - 1895)

‹ Back to Rice surname

Is your surname Rice?

Research the Rice family

Alexander H. Rice, Governor's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!

Share

Birthplace: Newton Low Falls, Mass.
Death: Died in Melrose, MA
Managed by: Kris Stewart
Last Updated:
view all 16

Immediate Family

About Alexander Hamilton Rice

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Hamilton_Rice

Alexander Hamilton Rice (August 30, 1818 – July 22, 1895) was Mayor of Boston, Massachusetts from 1856–1857, a U.S. Congressman during the American Civil War, and the 30th Governor of Massachusetts from 1876–78.


Biography


Born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Thomas and Lydia (Smith) Rice. He received business training in his father's paper mill at Newton and he apprenticed in a mercantile house in Boston. He graduated from Union College in Schenectady, New York, in 1844. Upon graduating, he became a paper manufacturer and dealer with Wilkins, Carter and Company in Boston.


In 1853 Rice was elected a member of the City of Boston's Common Council. He became the President of the Common Council in 1854.


Rice served as the first Republican mayor of the City of Boston from 1856 to 1857, and a founder of the Republican Party in Massachusetts. During his tenure, the area known as Back Bay was developed.


He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1859–1867, serving as chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs from 1863–65.


He died at the Langwood Hotel in Melrose, Massachusetts, on July 22, 1895.

view all

Alexander H. Rice, Governor's Timeline

1818
August 30, 1818
Newton Low Falls, Mass.
1845
August 19, 1845
Age 26
Newton, Massachusetts
1846
June 2, 1846
Age 27
1849
July 6, 1849
Age 30
Newton, Massachusetts
September 30, 1849
Age 31
Newton, Massachusetts
1851
1851
Age 32
Massachusetts, USA
1895
July 22, 1895
Age 76
Melrose, MA
????
????
Newton Cemetery, Newton, Middlesex, Mass.