1891

William Marsh Rice (Mar. 14, 1816-Sept. 23, 1900) consults his lawyer James Addison Baker (1857-1941) and 2 friends with ties to Houston's public school board, Cesar Lombardi (1845-1919) and Emanuel Raphael (1847-1913), about founding an Institute for the Advancement of Literature, Science and Art. One of Texas's richest men, Rice amasses a fortune selling cotton and investing in new transportation technologies like railroads and steamships. Childless, he decides to dedicate his fortune to an educational institution in Houston.

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William Marsh Rice as a young man
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