John H. Rice

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John Hovey Rice
Congressman John Hovey Rice 1865
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 4th district
In office
March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1867
Preceded byAnson Morrill
Succeeded byJohn A. Peters
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 5th district
In office
March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1863
Preceded byStephen Coburn
Succeeded byFrederick A. Pike
Personal details
BornFebruary 5, 1816
Mount Vernon, Maine
DiedMarch 14, 1911(1911-03-14) (aged 95)
Chicago, Illinois
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Grace Elizabeth (Burleigh) Rice (m. 1847)
ChildrenFrank Willis Rice (b. 1849)
Anna Frances Rice (b. 1850)
Mary A. Rice (b. 1855)

John Hovey Rice (February 5, 1816 – March 14, 1911) was a U.S. Representative from Maine.


Born in Mount Vernon, Maine, to Nathaniel and Mary Jane (Swazey) Rice, Rice attended the common schools. He served as clerk in the office of the register of deeds, Augusta, Maine from 1831 to 1841. He engaged in the mercantile business. Deputy sheriff. He served as aide-de-camp to General Bachelor in the "Aroostook War," the northeastern boundary dispute with Great Britain, in 1838. He moved to Piscataquis County, Maine, in 1843. He studied law. He was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Piscataquis County in 1848. He served as prosecuting attorney for Piscataquis County 1852-1860. He served as delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1856.

Rice was elected as a Republican to the Thirty-seventh, Thirty-eighth, and Thirty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1867). He served as chairman of the Committee on Public Buildings and Grounds (Thirty-eighth and Thirty-ninth Congresses). He declined to be a candidate for renomination. United States collector of customs at the port of Bangor, Maine from 1861 to 1871. He moved to Washington, D.C., where he practiced law for twelve years. Thence to New York City in 1884 and practiced until 1899. He moved to Chicago, Illinois, in May 1899 and remained there until his death on March 14, 1911. He was interred in Oakwood Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "John H. Rice (id: R000201)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Stephen Coburn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 5th congressional district

March 4, 1861 – March 3, 1863
Succeeded by
Frederick A. Pike
Preceded by
Anson P. Morrill
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Maine's 4th congressional district

March 4, 1863 – March 3, 1867
Succeeded by
John A. Peters