William Marsh Rice was born in Springfield, Massachusetts, but it wasn’t until his arrival in Texas — Galveston, to be exact — that he made his fortune. Eventually Rice moved to Houston, becoming the richest man in the city in 1857 with holdings of $200,000. He became a millionaire in 1865. In 1887, Rice made plans to build his own Houston charter school.
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Houston, TX 77002
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In honor of the self-made millionaire, The Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park is showing ''William Marsh Rice: The Man and His Legacy,'' a collection of photographs and rare documents provided by Rice University and The Heritage Society’s Permanent Collection. “This exhibit tells the extraordinary life story of William Marsh Rice — from his business relationships and the growth of his incredible fortune to his vision for Rice Institute and ultimately his sensationalized murder,” said Ginger Berni, the society’s exhibition coordinator.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: Aug. 14. Continues through Nov. 4, 2012