Henry Rice (politician)

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Henry Rice
Major Henry Rice ca1815
Portrait by Gilbert Stuart
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the Boston, Suffolk district
Personal details
Born (1786-01-15)January 15, 1786
Marlborough, Massachusetts
Died October 15, 1867(1867-10-15) (aged 81)
Boston, Massachusetts
Spouse(s) Maria Burroughs (m. 1816)
Children Anna Maria (Rice) Coolidge (b. 1817)
Henry Rice (1818-1851)
Louisa (Rice) Weed (b. 1820)
George E. Rice (b. 1822)
William T. Rice (b. 1828)
Mary H.P. Rice (b. 1833)
Residence Boston, Massachusetts,
Marlborough, Massachusetts
Profession merchant, state legislator
Religion Congregational
Military service
Service/branch United States Army
Years of service 1812 - 1815
Rank Major
Battles/wars War of 1812

Henry Rice (January 15, 1786 – October 15, 1867) was an American Army officer in the War of 1812, a leading Boston merchant, a member of the Boston City Council and a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.


Henry Rice was born in Marlborough, Massachusetts on 15 January 1786 to Noah Rice and Hannah Palfrey (Cole) Rice. He served as an officer in the War of 1812, attaining the rank of major. He married Maria Burroughs of Boston on 26 February 1816, and they had five children.[1] Rice served as a member of the City of Boston Common Council from 1832 to 1834, and in 1838,[2] and served for six years as a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He was a trader of imported goods in Boston and lived at 8 Bulfinch Street in Boston's Beacon Hill district,[3] but he maintained a substantial estate in Marlborough that he inherited from his father Noah.[4] In his later years, after 1847, he was engaged in the trading of corporate stocks in Boston. Rice died on 15 October 1867 at his home in Boston.[4]

Family relations and legacy[edit]

Rice's grandson Charles Austin Coolidge was a brigadier general in the U.S. Army.[5] Upon Rice's death, his estate near the center of Marlborough 42°20′52″N 71°32′57″W / 42.34765°N 71.54924°W / 42.34765; -71.54924 was sold to build housing for workers in the shoe factories that were being established in the rapidly industrializing town. Rice Street in the Middle Village area near downtown Marlborough was named after Henry at that time.[4]

Rice was a direct descendant of Edmund Rice an early immigrant to Massachusetts Bay Colony as follows:[6][7]

  • Henry Rice, son of
  • Noah Rice (1751-1820), son of
  • Jabez Rice (1702-1783), son of
  • Caleb Rice (1666-1739), son of
  • Joseph Rice (1637-1711), son of


  1. ^ "Henry Rice in Edmund Rice six-generation database". Edmund Rice (1638) Association. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  2. ^ p. 70. In: City of Boston. (1909). A Catalogue of a City Councils and Selectmen of Boston, Boston Printing Department. web link
  3. ^ Listed in The Boston Directory, 1825. Published by John H. A. Frost and Charles Stimpson, Jr., Boston.
  4. ^ a b c "Marlborough Middle Village Historic District". Massachusetts Historical Commission, 80 Boylston St., Boston, MA. Retrieved 21 March 2011. 
  5. ^ Edmund Rice (1638) Association, 2010. Descendants of Edmund Rice: The First Nine Generations, Edmund Rice (1638) Association. (CD-ROM)
  6. ^ "Edmund Rice Genealogy: First Six Generations". The Edmund Rice (1638) Association, Inc. Retrieved 3 Apr 2011. 
  7. ^ Edmund Rice (1638) Association, 2010. Descendants of Edmund Rice: The First Nine Generations. (CD-ROM)

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