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John B. Rice

John Birchard Rice
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Ohio's 10th district
In office
March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1883
Preceded by Thomas Ewing, Jr.
Succeeded by Frank H. Hurd
Personal details
Born January 14, 1893(1893-01-14) (aged 60)
Lower Sandusky, Ohio
Died (1832-06-23)June 23, 1832
Fremont, Ohio
Resting place Oakwood Cemetery
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sarah Wilson
Children two
Alma mater Oberlin College
University of Michigan Medical School
Jefferson Medical College
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Union Army
Years of service 1861–1864
Rank surgeon
Unit 10th Ohio Infantry
72nd Ohio Infantry
Fifteenth Army Corps
Battles/wars American Civil War
For the U.S. Representative from Illinois who also served as mayor of Chicago, see John Blake Rice.

John Birchard Rice (June 23, 1832 – January 14, 1893) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.


Born in Fremont, Ohio, Rice attended the common schools of Lower Sandusky (now Fremont) and Oberlin College, Ohio. He graduated from the medical department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1857. He took a post-graduate course at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and at Bellevue Hospital, New York City in 1859. He was a lecturer on military surgery and obstetrics in the Charity Hospital Medical College and the medical department of the University of Wooster in Cleveland, Ohio.

Rice served on the medical staff during the Civil War as assistant surgeon of the Tenth and then as surgeon of the Seventy-second regiments of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was also surgeon in chief of a division in the Fifteenth Army Corps and of the District of Memphis.

After the war, he was appointed a trustee of the state hospital in Toledo, Ohio. He served as member of the Board of Health of Fremont, Ohio.

Rice was elected as a Republican to the Forty-seventh Congress (March 4, 1881 – March 3, 1883). He was not a candidate for renomination in 1882. He engaged in the practice of medicine in Fremont. He died in Fremont, and was interred in Oakwood Cemetery. He died from Bright's disease.[1]


Rice was the second son of Dr. Robert S. and Eliza Ann (Caldwell) Rice.[1] He was married to Sarah Wilson on December 12, 1861.[1] They had two children named Lizzie, born 1865, and Wilson, born 1875.[1]



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