Samuel Allen Rice

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Samuel Allen Rice

Samuel Allen Rice (January 27, 1828 – July 6, 1864) was born in Cattaraugus, New York. He attended Franklin College (New Athens, Ohio) in Ohio and then graduated from Union College at Schenectady, New York in 1849. Then in 1851, he moved to Oskaloosa, Iowa in Mahaska County, where he practiced law, was county attorney, and then served as the second Attorney General of Iowa in 1856–1861 on behalf of the Republican Party.

In the American Civil War, he was a colonel in the 33rd Iowa Volunteer Infantry which was mustered into U.S. Army service on October 4, 1862 within Mahaska County. He fought to open the Yazoo River for navigation, and then he commanded the 2nd Brigade, 13th Division, XIII Corps at Helena, Arkansas. In August 1863, he was appointed Brigadier General, U.S. Volunteers. On April 30, 1864 at Jenkins' Ferry, Arkansas, he was mortally wounded and then was returned to his home state of Iowa. He died at Oskaloosa, Iowa, July 6, 1864 and was interred at Forest Cemetery in Oskaloosa.[1][2]

He was the older brother of Union general Elliott Warren Rice.

See also[edit]

List of Iowa Attorneys General


  1. ^ "Index to Politicians: Rice". Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2007-08-13. 
  2. ^ "US Civil War Generals". Kerry Webb Canberra Australia. Retrieved 2007-08-13.