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RICE, Henry Mower, senator, born in Waits-field, Vermont, 29 November, 1816. He emigrated to tile territory of Michigan in 1835, and was employed in making surveys of Kalamazoo and Grand rivers, and on the survey of the Sault Sainle Marie canal in 1837. He removed to Fort Snelling, Iowa territory, in 1839, and was post-sutler at Fort Atkinson in 1840-'2, and subsequently an agent of a fur-trading company, and established trading-posts from Lake Superior to the Red river of the North. On 2 August, 1847, he served as United States coin-missioner at Fond du Lac in making a treaty with the Ojibway Indians for the cession of the country south of Crow Wing and Long Prairie rivers. On 21 August he obtained from the Pillager band of Ojibways the cession of a large tract between those rivers, known as the Leaf River country. He assisted in making many other treaties. He settled in St. Paul in 1849, was elected a delegate from Minnesota territory to congress in 1853, was re-elected in 1855, was the author of the law extending the right of pre-emption over unsurveyed lands in the territory, and procured the passage of an act authorizing the framing of a state .constitution preparatory to the admission of Minnesota into the Union. He was then elected to the United States senate, serving from 11 May, 1858, till 3 March, 1863. Mr. Rice was a member of the committees on finance and military affairs, and the special committee on the condition of the country in 1860-'1, and a delegate to the Philadelphia national union convention in 1866. He was the founder of Bayfield, Wisconsin, and Munising, Michigan, and has given Rice park to the city of St. Paul.
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