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RICE, Americns Vespucius, soldier, born in Perrysville, Ohio, 18 November, 1835. He was graduated at Union college in 1860, and began the study of law. On 12 April, 1861, he enlisted in the National army, soon afterward was appointed a lieutenant, and then a captain in the 22d Ohio volunteers, and served in West Virginia. When his term of enlistment expired in August, 1861, he assisted in recruiting the 57th Ohio infantry, returned to the field as captain of a company, and became lieutenant-colonel, and afterward colonel, of the regiment. He fought in General Willlam T. Sherman's campaigns, in General William B. Hazen's division, was wounded several times, and during the march to the sea lost his right leg. The people of his district gave him a majority of votes as the Democratic candidate for congress in 1864, but he was defeated by the soldiers' vote. He was promoted brigadier-general on 31 May, 1865, and mustered out on 15 January, 1866. In 1868 he became manager of a private banking business in Ottawa, Ohio. He was a delegate to the Democratic national convention at Baltimore in 1872, and was elected in 1874 to congress, and re-elected in 1876.--His cousin, Rosella, author, born in Perrysville, Ohio, 11 August, 1827. She began writing for the local papers at an early age, published a novel entitled "Mabel, or Heart Histories" (Columbus, 1858), and has since been a contributor of serial stories and humorous articles and of poems descriptive of nature to newspapers and magazines. She is also known as a public lecturer. In 1871-'2 she contributed, under the pen-name of "Pipsissiway Potts," a serial entitled "Other People's Windows" to Timothy S. Arthur's " Home Magazine." It attracted attention, and was followed by others with the same signature, "My Girls and I" and other tales signed "Chatty Brooks," and still other serials published under her own name, including "Fifty Years Ago, or the Cabins of the West."
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