William Ball Rice (1840 - 1909)

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Birthplace: Massachusetts, USA
Death: Died in Massachusetts, USA
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William Ball Rice (1840–1909) was an American industrialist who co-founded Rice & Hutchins, a shoe manufacturing company with main offices in Boston, Massachusetts. He served as president of the company from its founding in 1866 until his death.

William Ball Rice was born 1 April 1840 in Hudson, Massachusetts to Obed Rice (1810-1890) and Sarah Maria (Ball) Rice (1816-1895). Rice was educated in the public schools in Massachusetts and apprenticed as a shoemaker in Marlborough, Massachusetts until he reached 21 years of age. Rice married Emma Louise Cunningham of Marlborough on 25 October 1860, and they had four children. From 1861 to 1864 he served in the Union Army as a second lieutenant in Company E, 5th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment, serving in Baltimore, Washington D.C. and North Carolina.[3] Between 1865 and 1866, he served as a sales agent to the U.S. military for the L.T. Jefts shoe manufacturer in Marlborough.

In October, 1866 Rice and his partner and neighbor from Hudson, Massachusetts Horatio H. Hutchins began the Rice and Hutchins Shoe Company with sales offices in Boston, Massachusetts and a factory in Marlborough, Massachusetts. By the time of the company's founding, Marlborough had built a reputation in shoe and boot making to supply the Union Army during the American Civil War.

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William Rice's Timeline

1840
1840
Massachusetts, USA
1860
1860
Age 20
1862
July 28, 1862
Age 22
Hudson, Mass.
1866
July 14, 1866
Age 26
Massachusetts, USA
1872
1872
Age 32
1874
February 12, 1874
Age 34
Massachusetts, USA
1909
1909
Age 69
Massachusetts, USA