Charles Rice (general)

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Charles Rice
Member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
from the Needham, Norfolk district
In office
Personal details
Born (1787-12-26)December 26, 1787
Brighton, Massachusetts
Died November 20, 1863(1863-11-20) (aged 75)
Needham, Massachusetts
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Lucy (Mann) Rice (m. 1816; d. 1819)
Maria (Jennings) Rice (b. 1800; m. 1820; d. 1887)
Children Maria (Rice) Leslie (1821-ca1900)
Charles Rice (1823-ca1910)
Sarah Rice (1825-ca1900)
Lucy (Rice) Seaward (1828-ca1910)
Zerniah Rice (ca1831-ca1910)
Mary Rice (1833-1852)
Residence Needham, Massachusetts
Profession military officer, state legislator, justice of the peace
Religion Episcopalian
Military service
Service/branch Massachusetts State Militia
Years of service 1805 - 1843
Rank Brigadier General
Commands 2nd Brigade, 1st Division, Massachusetts Militia
Battles/wars War of 1812

Charles Rice (December 26, 1787 – November 20, 1863) was a brigadier general in the Massachusetts Militia, a selectman in Needham, a justice of the peace and a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives.[1]


Charles Rice was born in Brighton, Massachusetts on 26 December 1787 to John Rice and Mary (Lee) Rice. He married Lucy Mann of Needham on 23 November 1809, and they had no children. After Lucy Rice's death in 1819, Rice married Maria Jennings of Natick on 8 November 1820 and they had six children.

Rice was an owner of a planing mill and a grist mill in the village of Newton Lower Falls in Needham, Massachusetts and leased lands to other factory owners.[2] Rice served as a selectman in Needham from 1825–1833, and was a leader in the Democratic Party in the town.[1] He was elected to the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1829 and served until 1831. Rice served a militiaman in the War of 1812, and rose through the ranks as lieutenant colonel of the 1st Regiment, 2nd Brigade, 1st Division of the Massachusetts State Militia from 1825–1827, and in 1828 became general of the brigade, serving until 1843.[3] He was a prominent freemason,[4] and was a local justice of the peace.[1] General Charles Rice and Emery Fiske are credited with the first proposal (1852) to separate Newton Lower Falls and other villages from Needham to form the town of Wellesley.[2]

Rice died in Needham on 20 Nov 1863, and he was buried at St. Mary's Churchyard in the village of Newton Lower Falls.[1] General Charles Rice's nephew Alexander Hamilton Rice was a governor and congressman from Massachusetts.


  1. ^ a b c d General Charles Rice. p.190. in: George Kuhn Clarke (1900). Epitaphs from graveyards in Wellesley (formerly West Needham.). Retrieved 6 Sep 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Joseph E. Fiske (1917), History of the Town of Wellesley". Pilgim Press, Boston. Retrieved 6 Sep 2011. 
  3. ^ p. 440. In: George Kuhn Clarke (1912), History of Needham Massachusetts 1711-1911: Including West Needham, now the Town of Wellesley, to its Separation from Needham in 1881. ISBN 0-7884-1559-X
  4. ^ "History of the Meridian Lodge, Natick, Massachusetts. 1892.". Meridian Lodge and The Grand Lodge of Massachusetts 1892. Retrieved 7 Sep 2011. 

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