Benjamin F. Rice, U.S. Senator

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Benjamin Franklin Rice

Birthplace: East Otto, Cattaraugus, NY, USA
Death: Died in Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Elijah A. Rice and Hannah Rice
Husband of Nancy Jane Rice

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About Benjamin F. Rice, U.S. Senator

Benjamin Franklin Rice (May 26, 1828 – January 19, 1905) was a Republican politician from Arkansas who represented the state in the U.S. Senate from 1868 to 1873.


Rice was born in East Otto, New York, on May 26, 1828; his schooling was private. He studied law, and upon his admission to the bar began practice in Irvine, Kentucky, in which state's house of representatives he served from 1855 to 1856. In 1856 he served as a presidential elector for the Republican ticket; in 1860 he moved to Minnesota, where he began service as a Union captain during the Civil War. Eventually he gained promotion to the rank of major in position of judge advocate with the 3rd Minnesota Volunteer Infantry Regiment.

In 1864 Rice settled in Little Rock, Arkansas and resumed his law practice. He was active in organizing the Republican Party in the state, and was appointed the chair of a committee which in 1868 prepared the state's code of practice. Upon readmission of Arkansas to the Union, Rice was elected to the Senate, serving from 1868 to 1873 and holding at one point the chairmanship of the Committee on Mines and Mining.

On returning home, Rice resumed his law practice; he moved to Colorado for health reasons in 1875, then back to Washington, D.C. in 1882, where he continued his practice until his death. He died in Tulsa, Oklahoma on January 19, 1905, and was buried Oaklawn Cemetery in Tulsa.

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May 26, 1828
East Otto, Cattaraugus, NY, USA
January 19, 1905
Age 76
Tulsa, Tulsa, OK, USA