Rice Alexander Pierce

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Rice Alexander Pierce
Rice A. Pierce (Tennessee Congressman).jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 9th district
In office
March 4, 1883 – March 3, 1885
Preceded by Charles B. Simonton
Succeeded by Presley T. Glass
In office
March 4, 1889 – March 3, 1893
Preceded by Presley T. Glass
Succeeded by James C. McDearmon
In office
March 4, 1897 – March 3, 1905
Preceded by James C. McDearmon
Succeeded by Finis J. Garrett
Personal details
Born July 3, 1848 (1848-07-03)
Dresden, Tennessee
Died July 12, 1936 (1936-07-13) (aged 88)
Union City, Tennessee
Citizenship  United States
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Hunter Pierce


Military service
Allegiance Confederate States of America Confederate States of America
Service/branch Confederate States Army
Unit Eighth Tennessee Cavalry
Battles/wars American Civil War

Rice Alexander Pierce (July 3, 1848 – July 12, 1936) was an American politician and a member of the United States House of Representatives for the 9th congressional district of Tennessee.


Pierce was born on July 3, 1848 in Dresden, Tennessee in Weakley County. He attended the common schools in Tennessee, and during the Civil War he served in the Confederate States Army with the Eighth Tennessee Cavalry. After the war, he attended school in London, Canada and studied law in Halifax, North Carolina. He was admitted to the bar of the supreme court in Raleigh, North Carolina in 1868.[1]


In 1869, Pierce commenced practice in Union City, Tennessee in Obion County. He served as mayor in 1872. He was elected the district attorney general of the twelfth judicial circuit in 1874. He was re-elected in 1878 and served until 1883.

Elected as a Democrat to the Forty-eighth Congress, Pierce served from March 4, 1883 to March 3, 1885. He was an unsuccessful candidate for renominaton in 1884, but was elected to the Fifty-first and Fifty-second Congresses, and served from March 4, 1889 to March 3, 1893. Again unsuccessful in 1892 to the Fifty-third Congress, he was elected to the Fifty-fifth and to the three succeeding Congresses. He served from March 4, 1897 to March 3, 1905.[2]

When Pierce was an unsuccessful candidate for re-election to the Fifty-ninth Congress in 1904, he resumed the practice of law in Union City, Tennessee. He was chairman of the state Democratic State campaign committee in 1929.


Pierce died in Union City, Tennessee on July 12, 1936 (age 88 years, 9 days). He was interred in the City Cemetery.[3]


  1. ^ "Rice Alexander Pierce". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Rice Alexander Pierce". Govtrack US Congress. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rice Alexander Pierce". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 19 April 2013. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Charles B. Simonton
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 9th congressional district

Succeeded by
Presley T. Glass
Preceded by
Presley T. Glass
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 9th congressional district

Succeeded by
James C. McDearmon
Preceded by
James C. McDearmon
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Tennessee's 9th congressional district

Succeeded by
Finis J. Garrett