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Luther Rice

Luther Rice
Luther Rice Silhouette 1830
Born 25 March 1783
Northborough, Massachusetts
Died 25 September 1836
Edgefield, South Carolina
Alma mater Williams College

Luther Rice (1783–1836), was a Baptist minister who, after a thwarted mission to India, returned to America where he spent the remainder of his career raising funds for missions and advocating for the formation of a unified Baptist missionary-sending body, which culminated in establishment of the [1]


Luther Rice was born March 25, 1783 in Triennial Convention") in 1814. Also in 1814, Rice was awarded an honorary doctorate by then Baptist-dominated Brown University in partial recognition for his contributions to missionary work undertaken through his Baptist denomination.[3] He spent the rest of his life garnering support for missionaries and Baptist work, traveling across America by horseback to raise funds and awareness for Baptist missions.

Rice also founded Columbian College in 1821, the original unit of Edgefield, South Carolina while traveling through the Southern United States raising funds for the missions and seminaries that he founded.[1] He was interred at Pine Pleasant Cemetery, Saluda County, South Carolina.[4]

Although his life was not without controversy, Rice's contribution to the support of missionary work was invaluable in the early years of the Triennial Convention. During Rice's lifetime, the Triennial Convention's membership grew from 8,000 to 600,000, and the convention supported 25 missions and 112 missionaries. By the time of his death, 15 Baptist universities and colleges had been formed.[5] [6]


Luther Rice was a direct descendant of Edmund Rice, an English immigrant to Massachusetts Bay Colony, as follows:[7][8]

  • Luther Rice, son of
  • Amos Rice (1743 – 1827), son of
  • Jacob Rice (1707 – 1788), son of
  • Jacob Rice (1660 – 1746), son of
  • Edward Rice (1622 – 1712), son of


  1. ^ a b Guide to the Luther Rice Papers, 1812-1832, Special Collections Research Center, Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, The George Washington University
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  7. ^ Edmund Rice (1638) Association, 2007. Descendants of Edmund Rice: The First Nine Generations.
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External links

  • Furman University's Special Collection on Baptists
  • , monograph by Donald D. Schmeltekopf and Dianna M. VitanzaBaptist Identity and Christian Higher Education
  • Guide to the Luther Rice Papers, 1812-1832, Special Collections Research Center, Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, The George Washington University
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