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Alexander Hamilton Rice (August 30, 1818 July 22, 1895) was Mayor of Bostonmarker, Massachusettsmarker from 1856-1857, a U.S. Congressman during the American Civil War, and the Governor of Massachusetts from 1876–78.


Born in Newton, Massachusettsmarker, to Thomas and Lydia (Smith), Rice received "business training in his father's paper mill at Newton and in a mercantile house in Boston". He graduated from Union Collegemarker in Schenectady, New Yorkmarker, in 1844. Upon graduating, he became a paper manufacturer and dealer with Wilkins, Carter and Company in Boston.

In 1853 Rice was elected a member of the City of Boston's Common Council. He became the Chairman of the Common Council in 1854.

Rice served as the first Republican mayor of the City of Bostonmarker from 1856 to 1857. During his tenure, the area known as Back Baymarker was developed.

He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1859–1867, serving as chairman of the Committee on Naval Affairs from 1863–65.

He died at the Langwood Hotel in Melrose, Massachusettsmarker, on July 22, 1895.


Alexander was a direct descendant of Edmund Rice, an English immigrant to Massachusetts Bay Colony, as follows:

  • Alexander Hamilton Rice, son of
* Thomas Rice (1782 – ca1859), son of
* John Rice (1751 – 1808), son of
* Elijah Rice (1728 – ?), son of
* William Rice (ca1700 – 1769), son of
:* Edmund Rice (1653 – 1719), son of
:* Edward Rice (1622 – 1712), son of
::*Edmund Rice (1594 – 1663)


  1. Alexander Hamilton Rice - Celebrity Relations Accessed April 13, 2006.
  2. Edmund Rice (1638) Association, 2007. Descendants of Edmund Rice: The First Nine Generations.

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