Americus Vespucius Rice (November 18, 1835 – April 4, 1904) was a nineteenth century politician, banker, and businessman from Ohio. He served in the Union Army during the American Civil War and was promoted to brigadier general at the end of the war.
Rice was born in Perrysville, Ohio. He pursued in classical studies, attended Antioch College, graduated from Union College and studied law.
At the outbreak of the Civil War, Rice was commissioned as a captain in the 21st Ohio Volunteer Infantry Regiment on April 27, 1861, eventually rising to brigadier general in 1865. As colonel of the 57th Ohio Infantry at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain in the Atlanta Campaign, he was wounded and his right leg was amputated.
After the close of the war, Rice was manager of a private banking house in Ottawa, Ohio, was a delegate to the Democratic National Convention in 1872 and was elected a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives in 1874, serving from 1875 to 1879, not being a candidate for renomination in 1878. There, he served as chairman of the Committee on Invalid Pensions from 1877 to 1879. Afterward, he was president of A.V. Rice & Company, a banking concern in Ottawa, Ohio, was a director in various business enterprises and was appointed a pension agent for Ohio in 1893, serving from 1894 to 1898. Rice moved to Washington, D.C., in 1899 and engaged in banking and other various enterprises and was appointed a purchasing agent for the United States Census Bureau which he served as until his death in Washington, D.C. He was interred in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
Americus Vespucius Rice was a direct descendant of Edmund Rice, an English immigrant to Massachusetts Bay Colony, as follows:
- Americus Vespucius Rice, son of
- Clark Hammond Rice (1804 – 1870), son of
- Ebenezer Rice (1773 – 1821), son of
- Samuel Rice (1752 – 1828), son of
- Gershom Rice (1703 – ?), son of
- Ephriam Rice (1665 – 1732), son of
- Thomas Rice (1626 – 1681), son of
- Edmund Rice (1594 – 1663)
- Eicher, pp. 451-52.
- "Americus V. Rice Congressional Biography". http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=R000194. Retrieved 31 August 2009.
- Edmund Rice (1638) Association, 2007. Descendants of Edmund Rice: The First Nine Generations.