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John McConnell RICE

(1831-1895)

RICE, John McConnell, a Representative from Kentucky; born in Prestonsburg, Floyd County, Ky., February 19, 1831; received a limited schooling; was graduated from a Louisville law school in 1852; was admitted to the bar in 1853 and commenced practice in Pikeville, Ky.; superintendent of schools of Pike County in 1854; elected prosecuting attorney of Pike County in 1856; member of the State house of representatives in 1858; moved to Louisa, Lawrence County, Ky., in 1860; again a member of the State house of representatives in 1861; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-first and Forty-second Congresses (March 4, 1869-March 3, 1873); was not a candidate for renomination in 1872; resumed the practice of law in Louisa, Ky.; appointed judge of the Lawrence County criminal court in 1883; was elected to the same office in 1884; reelected in 1890 and served until his death in Louisa, Ky., September 18, 1895; interment in Pine Hill Cemetery.

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

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