William A. Pirce

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William Almy Pirce
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 2nd district
In office
Preceded by Nathan F. Dixon III
Succeeded by Charles H. Page
Personal details
Born (1824-02-29)February 29, 1824
Hope, Rhode Island, U.S.
Died March 5, 1891(1891-03-05) (aged 67)
Johnston, Rhode Island, U.S.
Resting place Swan Point Cemetery
Political party Republican

William Almy Pirce (February 29, 1824 – March 5, 1891) was a U.S. Representative from Rhode Island.

Early life[edit]

Born in Hope, Rhode Island, Pirce attended the common schools and Smithville Seminary (now Lapham Institute). For ten years, he was a manager of his father's cotton mills, store and counting room in Simmons Upper Village, a part of Johnston.

Political background[edit]

From 1854 to 1863, Pirce worked in manufactured cotton goods. Then in 1855 and 1882, he served in the Rhode Island State Senate.Then in 1858 and 1862, and then from 1879 to 1881, he served in the Rhode Island House of Representatives. In 1880, Pirce was a delegate to the 1880 Republican National Convention and in 1884 was a member of the Republican National Committee. Then from 1862 to 1873, Pirce was the assessor of internal revenue for the second district of Rhode Island and, in 1863, he was appointed paymaster with rank of major in the State militia.

On November 4, 1884, Price was elected to the United States House of Representatives. On March 4, 1885 he presented credentials as a Republican Member-elect to the Forty-ninth Congress. He served from March 4, 1885 to January 25, 1887. The 1884 results were successfully contested by Charles H. Page, and the seat was declared vacant because of election irregularities. Page then won a special election in February 1887 and served from February 1887 until the end of the term on March 3, 1887. Pirce was also a Justice of the Peace and an assessor of taxes in Johnston, Rhode Island.

Death and burial[edit]

Pirce died in Johnston on March 5, 1891 and was interred at Swan Point Cemetery in Providence.


United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Nathan F. Dixon III
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Rhode Island's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
Charles H. Page

 This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website http://bioguide.congress.gov.