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John Blake Rice
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 1st district
In office
Preceded by Charles B. Farwell
Succeeded by Bernard G. Caulfield
24th Mayor of Chicago
In office
Preceded by Francis Cornwall Sherman
Succeeded by Roswell B. Mason
Personal details
Born May 28, 1809(1809-05-28)
Easton, Maryland
Died December 17, 1874(1874-12-17) (aged 65)
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Republican
Residence Chicago, Illinois

John Blake Rice (May 28, 1809 – December 17, 1874) was an American actor, theatrical producer and politician who served as mayor of Chicago, Illinois (1865–1869) as a member of the Republican Party.

Rice was born in Easton, Maryland on May 28, 1809. He was raised in Annapolis, Maryland and in Chicago, Illinois. Rice died on December 17, 1874 in Norfolk, Virginia from liver cancer, aged 65.[1]


  1. "In Memoriam", Chicago Daily Tribune: 5, 1874-12-19

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