John Rice

Nineteenth Mayor of the City of Chicago (1865-69)

John B. Rice was a professional actor before becoming a successful politician. He was also a well known theater owner who brought the first opera to the city on July 30, 1850.

During the show, the audience got word of a fire in the theater. Rice got on stage and told them he would not permit a fire in his theater. Unfortunately for him, the fire did not listen.1

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