George W. Rice (businessman)

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George Washington Rice (1823–1856) was an American businessman known for founding the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company.

George Washington Rice was born on 7 November 1823 at Springfield, Massachusetts to John and Joanna Warriner Rice. Rice married Jane C. Marsh on 11 April 1849 in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Children of George and Jane Rice were George W. Rice, Jr. (1853–1933), Katherine Rice (b. 1855) and Ada Rice (b. 1856). George Washington Rice founded the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company and the Springfield 5 Cent Savings Bank. George Washington Rice died on 4 August 1856 in Springfield, MA.[1]

Genealogy and family relations[edit]

Rice was a direct descendant of Edmund Rice an early immigrant to Massachusetts Bay Colony as follows:[1]

  • George Washington Rice, son of
  • John Rice (1782–1841), son of
  • Nathan Rice (1760–1838), son of
  • John Rice (1704–1771), son of
  • Ephraim Rice (1665–1732), son of
  • Thomas Rice (1626–1681), son of


  1. ^ a b Edmund Rice (1638) Association, 2011. Descendants of Edmund Rice: The First Nine Generations. (CD-ROM) Edmund Rice (1638) Association.