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RICE, Harvey, poet, born in Conway, Massachusetts, 11 June, 1800. He was graduated at Williams in 1824, and removed to Cleveland, Ohio, where he opened a classical school, at the same time studying law. He was admitted to the bar and began practice in 1826. In 1828 he purchased a Democratic newspaper, which has called the "Independent News-Letter," and which has since been known as the Cleveland "Plain dealer." He was its editor in 1829, and in 1830 was the first Democrat that was elected to the legislature from Cleveland. In the same year he was appointed agent at Millersburg for the sale of school lands in the Western Reserve. He was appointed clerk of the court of common pleas at Cleveland in 1833, and in 1834 and 1836 was the unsuccessful Democratic candidate for congress. ]n 1851 he was elected to the state senate, and was the author of the bill for the reorganization of the common-school system of Ohio, placing the schools under a state commissioner, and recognizing the expediency of school libraries. He received the degree of LL. D. from Williams in 1871. He has been a frequent contributor to magazines, and in 1858 published "Mount Vernon, and other Poems" (4th ed., New York, 1864). He has also published " Nature and Culture " (Boston, 1875) ; " Pioneers of the Western Reserve " (1882): " Select Poems" (1885) ; and "Sketches of Western Life " (1888).
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