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Frank James Rice

Frank J. Rice was a four-term Republican mayor of New Haven, Connecticut. He was voted in as mayor in 1909, winning the race by 402 votes. He was a former member of the New Haven Councilmen.


  • Frank J. Rice was born in North Adams, Massachusetts, February 5, 1869, of a family

    whose new world progenitors settled in Vermont about 1790. His father was Jesse

    H. Rice.

  • Education

    • Frank Rice came to Cheshire, Connecticut, when quite young and was educated in the schools of that town and New Haven. At eighteen he left his books for the grocery business in the town of Cheshire.


    • For almost seven years Frank J. Rice gave of his best to serve the city of New Haven.By the time New Haven had really come to know and begun truly to appreciate Mayor Rice it lost him.

      A baseball field named Rice Field in Cedar Hill was named after the mayor. In 1921, land along View Street in Cedar Hill was filled in for Rice Field.

    Major achievements

    • By 1915 Mayor Rice set up playgrounds across the city. He mainly focused on tenement districts and said that the cost was one cent per child per hour of play.


    Frank J. Rice belonged to many fraternal organizations, including the Masons, the Odd Fellows, the Elks, the Red Men, the Heptasophs, the Eagles, the Woodmen of the World, the Knights of Pythias, the Aryan Grotto and the Haru Gari.

    Party affiliation: Republican Party


    He was a consistent member of the First Methodist Episcopal church.

    Denomination: Methodist


    • The Masons

    • The Odd Fellows

    • Elks

    • Red Men

    • Heptasophs

    • The Eagles

    • The Woodmen of the World

    • The Knights of Pythias

    • The Aryan Grotto

    • The Haru Gari

    • the boy Scouts of America


    • father: Jesse H. Rice - U.S.A.
    • mother: Caroline E. (Holbrook) Rice - United States
    • Wife: Charlotte A. Watrous - United States
      Frank Rice was married in Clinton, Connecticut, to Miss Charlotte A. Watrous, a native of Clinton, this state, daughter of Spencer and Clarissa (Dowd) Watrous, representatives of old colonial families. Two children were born of this marriage.
    • Son: Russel L. Rice
      Russell L., July 8, 1894, has been since, as he was before his father's death, manager of the real estate business which the mayor established in anticipation of his retirement from public life. He was married September 12, 1916, to Miss Mildred Hall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Hall, of an old Danbury family.
    • Son: Mancel W. Rice
      The younger son, Mancel W. Rice, was born in New Haven, March 17, 1897, and enlisted in the One Hundred and Second United States Infantry, formerly the Second Connecticut Regiment.
    Frank James Rice
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    Died January, 1917
    (aged 47)
    • 1887
      grocery business
    • 1893 - 1900
      trustee, New Haven Savings Bank
      Alderman 1st Ward
    • 1909 - 1917
      mayor of New Haven


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    • Career Description
    • Membership
      • the Odd Fellows
      • the Eagles
      • the Woodmen of the World
      • the Knights of Pythias
      • the Aryan Grotto
      • the Haru Gari
      • The Haru Gari
      • The Aryan Grotto
      • The Knights of Pythias
      • The Woodmen of the World
      • The Eagles
      • The Odd Fellows
    • Religious beliefs
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