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Rice, James


Age: 32, credited to Montpelier, VT
Unit(s): 5th VT INF, 11th VT INF
Service: enl 8/26/61, m/i 9/16/61, BNDMSTR, 5th VT INF Band, m/o 4/11/62; comn CPT, Co. F, 11th VT INF, 8/12/62 (9/3/62), m/o 4/28/65 [College: NU 49]

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Birth: 12/29/1830, Hartford, VT
Death: 02/28/1910

Burial: Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport, PA, Williamsport, PA
Marker/Plot: Lot 203
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan

Findagrave Memorial #: 0
(There may be a Findagrave Memorial, but we have not recorded it)


Alias?: None noted
Pension?: Yes, 5/31/1904, CO
Portrait?: Gibson Collection, Italo Collection, VHS Collections
College?: NU 49
Veterans Home?: Not Found
(If there are state digraphs above, this soldier spent some time in a state or national soldiers' home in that state after the war)

Remarks: Buried in the Stevens plot.

Webmaster's Note: The 11th Vermont Infantry was also known as the 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery; the names were used interchangably for most of its career


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Wildwood Cemetery, Williamsport, PA

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Vermont Officers Reunion Society Collection
Courtesy Vermont Historical Society

(Gibson Collection)


James Rice's death and burial in Williamsport, PA after burying his wife there got little notice in the local papers. We found more detail on his life in his wife's obituary two months earlier.

Mrs. Carrie Rice Dies From Shock

Wife of Former Secretary of State and One of Early Coloradoans.

Mrs. Carrie E. Rice, wife of Capt. James Rice, who was secretary of state from 1886 to 1890, died at the Graymont hotel at 4 o'clock this morning. She had been in ill health for many years, and a month ago she slipped and fell, breaking her hip; this was the indirect cause of her death, for she was unable to stand the shock.

She was born in Greensboro, Vt., sixty-eight years ago, her maiden name being Carrie Stevens, and she married Captain Rice in 1861. The came West almost immediately and located in Pueblo, where Captain Rice has always been prominent in politics.

He has been mayor of Pueblo three times. In 1886 he was appointed secretary of state under Gov. Alva Adams, and held the office until 1890, under Gov. J. B. Cooper. They made their home in Denver from 1886 to 1895. Mrs. Rice is survived only by her husband, and her death comes as a great shock to him, "She was one of the bravest and noblest little women who ever lived," said Captain Rice in speaking of his wife. "And we had been lovers for nearly fifty years." There will be no funeral services in Denver. Mrs. Rice will be buried in Williamsport, Pa., where he family lived for many years.

Source: Denver Post, December 17, 1909.
Courtesy of Marjory J. Strong, Vermont Historical Society

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