Caleb Rice

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Caleb Rice
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1st Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts
In office
1852–1853
Preceded by Board of Selectmen
Succeeded by Philos B. Tyler
3rd[1] Sheriff of
Hampden County, Massachusetts
In office
1831–1851
Preceded by John Phelps[2]
Succeeded by Patrick Boies[2]
Member of the
Board of Selectmen
of
West Springfield, Massachusetts[3]
In office
1826[3] – 1830[3]
1st President of the
Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company[4]
In office
June 1851 – March 1, 1873
Preceded by None
Succeeded by E. W. Bond[4]
Personal details
Born April 4, 1792
Conway, Massachusetts
Died March 1, 1873(1873-03-01) (aged 80)
Spouse(s) Marietta Parsons Rice (m. 1826)
Children Joseph Rice (1828–1831); Benjamin Stebbins Rice (1829–1831); Elizabeth D. Rice (b. 1835)
Alma mater Williams College
Profession Attorney, businessman
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Caleb Rice (1792–1873) was an American politician and businessman, the first Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts when it became a city in 1852, and also the first president of MassMutual Life Insurance Company, now a Fortune 100 company.[4]

Biography[edit]

Caleb Rice was born on April 4, 1792 at Conway, Massachusetts. He was the son of Joseph Rice and Betty (Dickerson) Rice. Rice married Marietta P. Parsons, daughter of Israel Parsons in 1826. Rice served as the first Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts when it became a city in 1852, and he was also the first president of MassMutual Life Insurance Company. Rice also served as the third Sheriff of Hampden County, Massachusetts and on the Board of Selectmen of West Springfield, Massachusetts,[3] Additionally, Rice served for five years in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from Springfield.[5] He died March 1, 1873.

Genealogy and family relations[edit]

Rice was a direct descendant of Edmund Rice an early immigrant to Massachusetts Bay Colony as follows:[6]

  • Caleb Rice, son of
    • Joseph Rice (1768-1823), son of
    • Israel Rice (1742-1833), son of
    • Joseph Rice (1712-1789), son of
    • Phineas Rice (1682-1768), son of
    • Joseph Rice (1638-1711), son of

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Cutter, William Richard (1916), Encyclopedia of Massachusetts, Biographical—Genealogical, Volume IV, New York, N. Y., Boston, Ma: American Historical Society (Inc.), p. 53. 
  2. ^ a b Davis, William Thomas (1895), Bench and Bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Volume II, Boston, Ma: The Boston History Company, p. 169. 
  3. ^ a b c d Copeland, Alfred Minott (1902), Our County and Its People": A History of Hampden County Massachusetts, Volume 3, Boston, Ma: The Century Memorial Publishing Company, p. 222. 
  4. ^ a b c Putnam, Henry H. (April 1903), The New England magazine, Volume XXVIII; Life Insurance in New England, Boston, Ma: America Company, p. 209. 
  5. ^ Ward, Andrew Henshaw. 1858. A genealogical History of the Rice Family: Descendants of Deacon Edmund Rice, Boston: C. Benjamin Richardson, Publisher. 379pp. Download PDF
  6. ^ Edmund Rice (1638) Association, 2010. Descendants of Edmund Rice: The First Nine Generations. (CD-ROM)
Political offices
Preceded by
Board of Selectmen
1st Mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts
1852–1853
Succeeded by
Philos B. Tyler
Preceded by
John Phelps
3rd Sheriff of
Hampden County, Massachusetts

1831–1851
Succeeded by
Patrick Boies
Business positions
Preceded by
None
1st President of the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company
June 1851 – March 1, 1873
Succeeded by
Preceded by
President of the Springfield Aqueduct Company
1864
Succeeded by