- Rice W. Means
Rice William Means (
November 16, 1877– January 30, 1949) was a Republican United States Senatorfrom Colorado. Born in St. Joseph, Missouri, he moved with his parents to Yuma County, Coloradoin 1887. He settled in Denverin 1889, and attended the public schools and Sacred Heart College. During the Spanish-American War, he commanded a companyof in the Philippine campaign of 1889. In 1901, he graduated from the law department of the University of Michiganat Ann Arbor, and was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Denver. From 1902 to 1904, he was county judge of Adams County, and in 1908 was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Sixty-first United States Congress.
Means served during the
First World Waras a lieutenant coloneland commandantof the Fortieth Division School of Arms, and was commander in chiefof the Army of the Philippines in 1913 and of the Veterans of Foreign Warsin 1914. He was attorney for the city and county of Denver in 1923 and 1924. Means was elected as a Republican to the United States Senate on November 4, 1924, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Samuel D. Nicholsonand served from December 1, 1924, to March 3, 1927. While in the Senate he was chairman of the Committee on Claims (Sixty-ninth Congress). In 1926 he was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection, as he was defeated by Charles W. Watermanin the Republican primary.
According to many he was also a member of the
KKK. [ [http://www.csindy.com/csindy/2003-05-22/cover.html Welcome to Kolorado, Klan Kountry : When the Invisible Empire ran the state, only one major city escaped: Colorado Springs : Local News : Cover Story : Colorado Springs Indepe... ] ]
In 1926 and 1927, Means was commander in chief of the United Spanish War Veterans, and president of the National Tribune Corporation and publisher of the
National Tribuneand Stars and Stripes at Washington, D.C.from 1927 to 1937, when he retired. Means died in Denver and was interred in Fairmount Cemetery.
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