Benjamin Rice (c.1723 - 1796) MP

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Birthplace: Brookfield, Massachusetts
Death: Died in Brookfield, Massachusetts
Managed by: Kris Stewart
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About Benjamin Rice

Benjamin Rice was born in 1723 at North Brookfield. Aside from participating in the Boston Tea Party, he was a militia captain and occasional town representative. On December 7th, 1773, days before the tea protest would take place, he was one of a five-man committee that wrote this about the tea tax: “We think it our indispensable duty, in the most public manner to let the world know our utter abhorrence of the last and most detestable scheme, in the introduction of Tea from Great Britain, to be peddled out amongst us, but which means we were made to swallow a poison more fatal in its effects to the national and political Rights and Privileges of the People of this country, than ratsbane would be to the natural body. Therefore, Resolved, that we will not by any way or means, knowingly encourage or promote the sale or consumption of any Tea whatever, subject to a duty payable in America, but all persons whoever they may be, who shall be concerned in a transaction so dangerous, shall be held by us in the utmost contempt, and be deemed enemies to the well being of this country.” Rice later died in 1796; his grave location is unknown.

from: http://www.bostonteapartyship.com/participants-in-the-boston-tea-party

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Benjamin Rice's Timeline

1723
February 1, 1723
Brookfield, Massachusetts
1744
June 30, 1744
Age 21
1747
December 24, 1747
Age 24
Brookfield, Massachusetts
1750
1750
Age 26
Brookfield, Massachusetts
1755
September 2, 1755
Age 32
Brookfield, Massachusetts
1757
August 29, 1757
Age 34
Brookfield, Massachusetts
1759
October 28, 1759
Age 36
Brookfield, Massachusetts
1762
September 2, 1762
Age 39
Brookfield, Massachusetts
1796
February 8, 1796
Age 73
Brookfield, Massachusetts