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Alexander Hamilton Rice

Birthdate: (76)
Birthplace: Newton Low Falls, Mass.
Death: July 22, 1895 (76)
Melrose, MA
Place of Burial: Newton Cemetery, Newton, Middlesex, Mass.
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Rice and Lydia Smith
Husband of Angie Erickson and Augusta E. McKim
Father of Lucy C Rice; Augusta Smith Rice; John Hamilton Rice and Mary Augusta Rice
Brother of <private> Rice; Sophronia Ward Rice; James Willard Rice; Sarah Miranda Rice; Mary Ann Rice and 3 others

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About Alexander H. Rice, Governor

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.


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.

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Alexander H. Rice, Governor's Timeline

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