W.H. Rice

William Henry Rice

Full Name: William Henry Rice
Date of birth: August 12, 1859
Date of death: March 13, 1930

Terms of Service top

Chamber District Dates of Service Legislatures Party City/County Note Counties in District
S 31 Jan 9, 1923 - Jan 13, 1925 38th (1) (2)   Democrat Decatur / Wise   Denton, Montague, Wise

(1) 2-year term; entire Senate went up for reelection in 1924 due to redistricting. Act approved 1921 and effective Apr. 1, 1924, 37th Leg., 1st C.S., ch. 60, Apportionment Laws of Texas, 1836-1950, 1950.
(2) 38th Legislature - List of State Senators Elected at the General Election Held November Seventh, 1922, oath of office administered, 1/9/1923, p. 1-2. Senate Journal.

Biographical Notes and Resources top

Resolutions and Journal entries

Biographical Sketches

  • Biographical sketch and photo, "Senator Rice is a Progressive," 12/8/1922, p. 10. Wise County Messenger.
  • Partial obituary, "Senator Rice Dies in Duke [Oklahoma]," Wise County Messenger, 3/20/1930, p. 1 (original missing p. 3). Born 8/12/1856 near Cross Plains, Missouri, died 3/13/1930 in Oklahoma. Resolutions of the Masons, William H. Rice, 3/27/1930, p. 1. Wise County Messenger.

Other Resources

  • William H. Rice (1857-1930), burial in Oaklawn Cemetery, Decatur, Wise County. Includes partial obituary in Wise County Messenger, 3/20/1930. Find a Grave.
  • William H. Rice, death date 3/13/1930 in Jackson County, Oklahoma. Oklahoma State Vital Records Index, 2016.
  • 38th Legislature (1923) - W.H. Rice, Decatur, Wise County, age 66, stock farmer, Democrat. Texas Legislative Manual.
  • Genealogical Outline of the Will Rice Family, William Henry Rice, born 8/12/1859 in Hazel Hill, Johnson County, Missouri, died 3/13/1930 in Duke, Jackson County, Oklahoma. Introduction, "Will Rice was a cowboy preacher, politician, rancher, landspeculator, story teller, Texas State Senator, and 32nd Degree Mason and Grand Master of the Texas Lodge." Stories, Writing a Family, notes "Grandaddy Will Became a Texas State Senator." Will Rice Family Online Reunion.


  • Photograph. W.H. Rice, 38th Legislature, State Preservation Board

Composite Photographs on Display in the Capitol

Committee Information top

38th R.S. - 1923
Enrolled Bills (Vice Chair) 
Internal Improvements  
Representative Districts (Chair) 
Senatorial Districts (Chair) 
State Penitentiaries  
Stock and Stock Raising  

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