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Charles Allen Thorndike Rice

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Birth
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Death
16 May 1889 (aged 35)
Manhattan, New York County, New York, USA
Burial
Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA Add to Map
Plot
Oxalis Path Lot 3012
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Minister to Russia. Rice was raised in a wealthy family with his early education provided by a tutor as well as the local Episcopal school. Unfortunately, his mother fell in love with the tutor and thus began a long and expensive custody dispute over the child. His father secreted him off to live with relatives in Canada, but Rice's mother was very wealthy in her own right and hired detectives to find him. He was soon found and returned to his mother in New York. She immediately took him to Europe to live. Mr. Rice then hired detectives to find his son, but they were unsuccessful until after the death in 1866 of the mother in Europe. He was brought back to America by his father and was sent to live with his grandmother. His father died in 1869, and now only eighteen years old, he was the recipient of both parents estates which were very large. He elected to return to England to continue his education and enrolled in Oxford University where he graduated in 1874 with a bachelor's degree, and in 1878 earned a master's degree. In 1876 he purchased the North American Review and became the publisher and editor in chief. For several years he managed and contributed articles to the newspaper. In 1879 he became a benefactor of the "Charnay Expedition" which was to explore the Mayan ruins in Central America. When the expedition returned he wrote his first book entitled "Ruined Cities of Central America". In the mid 1880's he elected to run for Congress running against Francis Spinola for New York's tenth congressional seat. He lost the election, but continued to be involved in politics. In 1888 he published his third and last novel, "Reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln by Distinguished Men of His Time." Shortly after Benjamin Harrison's inauguration he was appointed Minister to Russia. On the evening before he was to leave for Russia he died in his New York apartment. Pall bearers at his funeral included General William Tecumseh Sherman, William Waldorf Astor and Vice President Levi Parsons Morton.
Minister to Russia. Rice was raised in a wealthy family with his early education provided by a tutor as well as the local Episcopal school. Unfortunately, his mother fell in love with the tutor and thus began a long and expensive custody dispute over the child. His father secreted him off to live with relatives in Canada, but Rice's mother was very wealthy in her own right and hired detectives to find him. He was soon found and returned to his mother in New York. She immediately took him to Europe to live. Mr. Rice then hired detectives to find his son, but they were unsuccessful until after the death in 1866 of the mother in Europe. He was brought back to America by his father and was sent to live with his grandmother. His father died in 1869, and now only eighteen years old, he was the recipient of both parents estates which were very large. He elected to return to England to continue his education and enrolled in Oxford University where he graduated in 1874 with a bachelor's degree, and in 1878 earned a master's degree. In 1876 he purchased the North American Review and became the publisher and editor in chief. For several years he managed and contributed articles to the newspaper. In 1879 he became a benefactor of the "Charnay Expedition" which was to explore the Mayan ruins in Central America. When the expedition returned he wrote his first book entitled "Ruined Cities of Central America". In the mid 1880's he elected to run for Congress running against Francis Spinola for New York's tenth congressional seat. He lost the election, but continued to be involved in politics. In 1888 he published his third and last novel, "Reminiscences of Abraham Lincoln by Distinguished Men of His Time." Shortly after Benjamin Harrison's inauguration he was appointed Minister to Russia. On the evening before he was to leave for Russia he died in his New York apartment. Pall bearers at his funeral included General William Tecumseh Sherman, William Waldorf Astor and Vice President Levi Parsons Morton.

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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/93965018/charles_allen_thorndike-rice: accessed ), memorial page for Charles Allen Thorndike Rice (18 Jun 1853–16 May 1889), Find a Grave Memorial ID 93965018, citing Mount Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.