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Rice William Means (November 16, 1877 – January 30, 1949) was a Republican United States Senator from Colorado. Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, he moved with his parents to Yuma County, Colorado in 1887. He settled in Denver in 1889, and attended the public schools and Sacred Heart College of Denver, CO (now called Regis University). During the Spanish–American War, he commanded a company in the Philippine campaign of 1899. In 1901, he graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, and was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Denver. From 1902 to 1904, he was county judge of Adams County, and in 1908 was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Sixty-first United States Congress.

Rice William Means
Senator Rice W. Means of Colorado, (12-1-24) LCCN2016838972 (cropped).jpg
United States Senator
from Colorado
In office
December 1, 1924 – March 4, 1927
Preceded byAlva B. Adams
Succeeded byCharles W. Waterman
Personal details
Born(1877-11-16)November 16, 1877
St. Joseph, Missouri
DiedJanuary 30, 1949(1949-01-30) (aged 71)
Denver, Colorado
Political partyRepublican
Alma materUniversity of Michigan Law School

Means served during the First World War as a lieutenant colonel and commandant of the Fortieth Division School of Arms, and was commander in chief of the Army of the Philippines in 1913 and of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in 1914. He was attorney for the City and County of Denver in 1923 and 1924. He was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate on November 4, 1924, filling the vacancy caused by the death of Samuel D. Nicholson. He served in the Senate from December 1, 1924, to March 3, 1927, chairing the Committee on Claims (Sixty-ninth Congress). In 1926 he was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection, as he was defeated by Charles W. Waterman in the Republican primary.

In 1926 and 1927, Means was commander in chief of the United Spanish War Veterans, and president of the National Tribune Corporation and publisher of the National Tribune and Stars and Stripes in Washington, D.C. from 1927 to 1937, when he retired. Means died in Denver on January 30, 1949 and was interred in Denver's Fairmount Cemetery.


  • United States Congress. "Rice W. Means (id: M000621)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-02-25

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U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Alva B. Adams
U.S. Senator (Class 3) from Colorado
Succeeded by
Charles W. Waterman