Mayor John Blake Rice Biography

Mayor of Chicago, 1865-1869


  • Born May 28, 1809 in Easton, Md.
  • His musical talents were discovered by a theater manager in 1836, leading to a life as an actor and theater manager.
  • Married actress Miss Mary Ann Warren in Philadelphia in 1837; together they had six children.
  • Elected to Congress in 1872 to represent the 1st District of Illinois, but did not live to complete his term
  • Died December 17, 1874 in Norfolk, Va.
  • Buried in Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago


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  • Grossman, James R., Ann Durkin Keating and Janice L. Reiff, editors. Encyclopedia of Chicago. University of Chicago Press, 2004.
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