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Rice William MEANS

(1877-1949)
Senate Years of Service:
1924-1927
Party:
Republican

MEANS, Rice William, a Senator from Colorado; born in St. Joseph, Mo., November 16, 1877; moved with his parents to Yuma County, Colo., in 1887; settled in Denver in 1889; attended the public schools and Sacred Heart College, Denver, Colo.; served in the Spanish-American War and commanded a company of scouts in the Philippine campaign in 1899; graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor in 1901; admitted to the bar in 1901 and commenced practice in Denver; county judge of Adams County 1902-1904; unsuccessful candidate for election in 1908 to the Sixty-first Congress; served during the First World War as lieutenant colonel and commandant of the Fortieth Division School of Arms; commander in chief of the Army of the Philippines in 1913 and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1914; not a candidate for election to the United States Senate in 1920; attorney for the city and county of Denver 1923-1924; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate on November 4, 1924, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Samuel D. Nicholson and served from December 1, 1924, to March 3, 1927; chairman, Committee on Claims (Sixty-ninth Congress); unsuccessful candidate for renomination in 1926; commander in chief of the United Spanish War Veterans 1926-1927; president of the National Tribune Corporation and publisher of the National Tribune and Stars and Stripes at Washington, D.C., 1927-1937, when he retired; died in Denver, Colo., January 30, 1949; interment in Fairmount Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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