John Blake Rice

American politician

John Blake Rice (May 28, 1809 – December 17, 1874) was an American actor, theatrical producer and politician. He was the mayor of Chicago, Illinois (1865–1869). He was a Republican.

John Blake Rice
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 1st district
In office
Preceded byCharles B. Farwell
Succeeded byBernard G. Caulfield
24th Mayor of Chicago
In office
Preceded byFrancis Cornwall Sherman
Succeeded byRoswell B. Mason
Personal details
Born(1809-05-28)May 28, 1809
Easton, Maryland
DiedDecember 17, 1874(1874-12-17) (aged 65)
Chicago, Illinois
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceChicago, Illinois

Rice was born in Easton, Maryland on May 28, 1809. He was raised in Annapolis, Maryland and in Chicago, Illinois. Rice died on December 17, 1874 in Norfolk, Virginia from liver cancer, aged 65.[1]


  1. "In Memoriam", Chicago Daily Tribune, p. 5, 1874-12-19

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