''William Marsh Rice: The Man and His Legacy''

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.

Unfortunately, he didn’t live to see the erection of his institution, being murdered by his valet, Charles Jones, and Rice Institute was constructed posthumously.

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

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