David Rice Papers,ca. 1760?-1810? (bulk 1780-1800)

Descriptive Summary

David Rice Papers,ca. 1760?-1810? (bulk 1780-1800)
Rice, David, 1733-1816
.5 cubic ft
Harrison, Joseph Cabell
Rice, David, 1733-1816.
Kentucky. Constitutional Convention, (1792)
Transylvania Seminary
Constitutional conventions -- Kentucky.
Presbyterian Church -- Kentucky -- Clergy
Presbyterian Church -- Kentucky -- Sermons.
Slaves -- Emancipation -- Kentucky.
Finding Aid Author
Processed by: staff; machine-readable finding aid created by:Bonnie Cox
Transylvania University

Collection Overview

Biography / History
David Rice was born in Virginia in 1733. After converting to Presbyterianism and studying for the ministry, he left Virginia for Kentucky in 1783. He is credited with organizing three of the first Presbyterian congregations in Kentucky and was involved in the founding of Transylvania Seminary. A strong opponent of slavery, he failed as a delegate to the Kentucky constitutional convention of 1792, to have an article leading to the emancipation of slaves included in the state's first constitution. Later in life he moved from Mercer County to Green County where he died in 1816.
Scope and Content
These papers include handwritten copies of sermons delivered by David Rice, including one identified as the first sermon he delivered in Kentucky. Also included are other writings attributed to Rice, including a reprint of his anti-slavery proposal to the 1792 state constitutional convention; and collected biographical information. Also present are sermons and other religious addresses attributed to David Rice's grandson-in-law, Joseph Cabell Harrison.