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Thomas Rice (March 30, 1768 – August 25, 1854) was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts.

Thomas Rice was born 30 March 1768 in Pownalborough, Massachusetts, (now Wiscasset, Maine), to Thomas Rice and Rebecca (Kingsbury) Rice. He graduated from Harvard University in 1791. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in Suffolk County, Massachusetts, in 1794 and commenced practice in Winslow, Maine, the following year. Thomas Rice married Sarah Swan on 22 October 1796. He was appointed in 1807 by the supreme judicial court of Maine one of the examiners of counselors and attorneys for Kennebec County. He served as member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives in 1814.

Rice was elected as a Federalist to the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Congresses (March 4, 1815 – March 3, 1819). He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1818 to the Sixteenth Congress. He resumed the practice of law. After Sarah Swan Rice died 26 September 1840, Rice remarried to Susanna Greene, daughter of Col R. H. Greene, on 16 February 1841 at Winslow, Maine. To this marriage, he had a son, Thomas III, who was born in 1843. He died in Winslow, Maine, on 25 August 1854. He was interred at Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterville, Maine.

Thomas Rice was a direct descendant of Edmund Rice an early immigrant to Massachusetts Bay Colony as follows:

  • Thomas Rice,[1] son of
  • Thomas Rice (27 Nov 1734 - 21 Apr 1812), son of
  • Noah Rice (1705 - Feb 1759), son of
  • Thomas Rice (30 Jun 1654 - 1747), son of
  • Thomas Rice (26 Jan 1625 - 16 Nov 1681), son of


  1. ^ "Thomas Rice". Edmund Rice (1638) Association. Retrieved 17 August 2010.


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
John Wilson
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Massachusetts's 18th congressional district

March 4, 1815-March 3, 1819
Succeeded by
James Parker
Political offices
Preceded by
Member of the
Massachusetts House of Representatives

1814– 1814
Succeeded by

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