John S. Rice
John Stanley Rice (January 28, 1899 – August 2, 1985) was a Democratic politician, farmer and businessman from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Rice served in a variety of appointed and elected political roles over the course of a three-decade political career.
John S Rice (1964)
|50th United States Ambassador to the Netherlands|
May 6, 1961 – May 27, 1964
|President||John F. Kennedy|
|Preceded by||Philip Young|
|Succeeded by||William Tyler|
|Chairman of the|
Pennsylvania Democratic Party
July 23, 1959 – May 6, 1961
|Preceded by||Joe Barr|
|Succeeded by||Otis Morse|
|Secretary of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania|
June 10, 1958 – May 6, 1961
|Preceded by||James Finnegan|
|Succeeded by||James Trimarchi, Jr.|
|Pennsylvania Secretary of the Department of Property and Supplies|
December 31, 1955 – July 18, 1957
|Preceded by||William Thomas|
|Succeeded by||Kenneth Haldeman|
|Member of the Pennsylvania|
Liquor Control Board
February 8, 1955 – December 31, 1955
|Appointed by||George Leader|
|Preceded by||New Appointment|
|Succeeded by||A.D. Cohn|
|President pro tempore|
of the Pennsylvania Senate
January 3, 1939 – November 30, 1940
|Preceded by||Harvey Huffman[a]|
|Succeeded by||Frederick Gelder|
of the Pennsylvania Senate
April 14, 1937 – November 30, 1938
|Preceded by||Warren Roberts|
|Succeeded by||John Dent|
|Member of the Pennsylvania Senate|
from the 33rd district
January 3, 1933 – November 30, 1940
|Preceded by||Charles Clippinger|
|Succeeded by||Paul Crider|
|Born||January 28, 1899|
|Died||August 2, 1985 (aged 86)|
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
|Spouse(s)||Luene Rogers Rice|
|Alma mater||Gettysburg College|
|Occupation||Politician, farmer, businessman|
|a.^ Huffman died on the day his term was set to expire, November 30, 1938. Rice immediately succeeded him as Acting President Pro Tempore until he was formally elected to the position when the Senate reconvened the following January.|
A native of Brysonia, a small town several miles north of Gettysburg, Rice graduated from Gettysburg College. He became a successful apple grower, and went on to manufacture packaged apple products. He often returned to this business between political appointments.
Rice was elected to the State Senate in 1932. He was elected Democratic floor leader in 1937, following the resignation of Warren Roberts, who took office as State Auditor General. He was elected the Senate's President pro tempore in 1939.
In 1955, Governor George Leader named Rice to the first round of appointments to the overhauled Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. He resigned from the board later that year, when Leader appointed him Secretary of the Department of Property and Supplies (now the Department of General Services).
After resigning from the cabinet in 1957, he returned to his apple farm and packaging business. However, in 1958, Leader again appointed Rice to a position in his cabinet, having him succeed the deceased James Finnegan as Secretary of the Commonwealth. Rice was also elected chair of the State Democratic Party in 1959.
Death and legacyEdit
- "Mention Rice For Barr Post". The Gettysburg Times. July 9, 1959. Retrieved January 12, 2012.
- "Rice Returns To Place In State Cabinet". The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. June 9, 1958. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
- "Cohn Succeeds Rice On Liquor Control Board". The Gettysburg Times. December 28, 1955. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
- "Head of State Agency Resigns". The Washington Reporter. August 1, 1957. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
- Cox, Harold (2004). "Pennsylvania Senate - 1937-1938" (PDF). Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
- "Threat Seen To Milk Bill". The Reading Eagle. April 26, 1937. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
- Sharon Trostle, ed. (2009). The Pennsylvania Manual (PDF). 119. Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: Pennsylvania Department of General Services. ISBN 0-8182-0334-X.
- "John S. Rice, A Former Envoy". The New York Times. August 4, 1985. Retrieved January 11, 2012.
- Cox, Harold. "Senate Members R". Wilkes University Election Statistics Project. Wilkes University.
- "Housing Details: Rice Hall". Gettysburg College Residence Life. Gettysburg College. Retrieved January 12, 2012.