Thomas Rice (1768)

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Thomas Rice
Member of the U.S.HouseofRepresentatives
from Massachusetts's 18th district
In office
March 4, 1815 March 3, 1819
Preceded by John Wilson
Succeeded by James Parker
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives
In office
1814–1814
Personal details
BornMarch 30, 1768
Pownalborough, Massachusetts (now Wiscasset, Maine)
DiedJune 23, 1832(1832-06-23) (aged 64)
Winslow, Maine
Resting placePine Grove Cemetery, Waterville, Maine
Political party Federalist
Spouse(s)Sarah Swan, d. 26 September 1840;
Susanna Greene m. 16 February 1841, d. December 1, 1879.
ChildrenThomas Rice, III.,
Rebecca Rice (Parker)
Alma mater Harvard
ProfessionAttorney

Thomas Rice (March 30, 1768 – August 25, 1854) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

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Thomas Rice was born 30 March 1768 in Pownalborough, Massachusetts, (now Wiscasset, Maine), to Thomas Rice and Rebecca (Kingsbury) Rice. He graduated from Harvard University in 1791. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in 1794 and commenced practice in Winslow, Maine, the following year. Thomas Rice married Sarah Swan on 22 October 1796. He was appointed in 1807 by the supreme judicial court of Maine one of the examiners of counselors and attorneys for Kennebec County. He served as member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1814.

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Thomas Rice was a Massachusetts state legislator and judge prior to and after the American Revolution. He was a physician, educator and clergyman active in Federalist Party politics serving as a presidential elector in the 1792, 1796 and 1800 elections.

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Rice was elected as a Federalist to the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Congresses (March 4, 1815 – March 3, 1819). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1818 to the Sixteenth Congress. He resumed the practice of law. After Sarah Swan Rice died 26 September 1840, Rice remarried to Susanna Greene, daughter of Col R. H. Greene, on 16 February 1841 at Winslow, Maine. To this marriage, he had a son, Thomas III, who was born in 1843. He died in Winslow, Maine, on 25 August 1854. He was interred at Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterville, Maine.

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Thomas Rice was a direct descendant of Edmund Rice an early immigrant to Massachusetts Bay Colony as follows:

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Thomas Rice was a member of the Great and General Court of Massachusetts representing Marlborough in 1715 and 1716 and was a founder of Westborough, Massachusetts on 18 November 1717, and a selectman for the town in 1718 and 1727.

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  1. "Thomas Rice". Edmund Rice (1638) Association. Retrieved 17 August 2010.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Wilson
Member of the  U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 18th congressional district

March 4, 1815-March 3, 1819
Succeeded by
James Parker
Political offices
Preceded by
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives

1814 1814
Succeeded by

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