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Background[ edit ] William Marsh Rice's estate funded the establishment of the Rice Institute The history of Rice University began with the untimely demise of Massachusetts businessman William Marsh Ricewho made his fortune in real estate, railroad development and cotton trading in the state of Texas.
InRice decided to charter a free-tuition educational institute in Houston, bearing his name, to be created upon his death, earmarking most of his estate towards funding the project. Rice's will specified the institution was to be "a competitive institution of the highest grade" and that only white students would be permitted to attend.
Jones, and presumed to have died in his sleep. Shortly thereafter, a suspiciously large check made out to Rice's New York City lawyer, signed by the late Rice, was noticed by a bank teller due to a misspelling in the recipient's name.
The lawyer, Albert T. Patrickthen announced that Rice had changed his will to leave the bulk of his fortune to Patrick, rather than to the creation of Rice's educational institute.
Jones, who had been persuaded to administer chloroform to Rice while he slept. Rice's friend and personal lawyer in Houston, Captain James A. Bakeraided in the discovery of what turned out to be a fake will with a forged signature.
Jones was not prosecuted since he cooperated with the district attorney, and testified against Patrick. Patrick was found guilty of conspiring to steal Rice's fortune and convicted of murder inalthough he was pardoned in due to conflicting medical testimony.
The board took control of the assets on April 29 of that year. Inthe Board of Trustees selected the head of the Department of Mathematics and Astronomy at Princeton UniversityEdgar Odell Lovettto head the Institute, which was still in the planning stages.
He came recommended by Princeton's president, Woodrow Wilson. InLovett accepted the challenge, and was formally inaugurated as the Institute's first president on October 12, Lovett undertook extensive research before formalizing plans for the new Institute, including visits to 78 institutions of higher learning across the world on a long tour between and Lovett was impressed by such things as the aesthetic beauty of the uniformity of the architecture at the University of Pennsylvaniaa theme which was adopted by the Institute, as well as the residential college system at Cambridge University in Englandwhich was added to the Institute several decades later.
Lovett called for the establishment of a university "of the highest grade," "an institution of liberal and technical learning" devoted "quite as much to investigation as to instruction. Unusual for the time, Rice accepted coeducational admissions, but on-campus housing would not become co-ed until Four years later, at the first commencement ceremony, 35 bachelor's degrees and one master's degree were awarded.
That year, the student body voted to adopt the Honor System, which still exists today. The first doctorate was conferred in on mathematician Hubert Evelyn Bray.
The statue was crafted by John Angel. Kennedy then made a speech  at Rice Stadium reiterating that the United States intended to reach the moon before the end of the decade of the s, and "to become the world's leading space-faring nation".
The original charter of Rice Institute dictated that the university admit and educate, tuition-free, "the white inhabitants of Houston, and the state of Texas".
Inthe governing board of Rice University filed a lawsuit to allow the university to modify its charter to admit students of all races and to charge tuition.
Intwo new schools were founded at Rice, the Jesse H. The Rice School of Social Sciences was founded in On-campus housing was exclusively for men for the first forty years, until According to legend, the women's colleges were purposefully situated at the opposite end of campus from the existing men's colleges as a way of preserving campus propriety, which was greatly valued by Edgar Odell Lovett, who did not even allow benches to be installed on campus, fearing that they "might lead to co-fraternization of the sexes".
Individual colleges became coeducational between andwith the single-sex floors of colleges that had them becoming co-ed by By then, several new residential colleges had been built on campus to handle the university's growth, including Lovett CollegeSid Richardson Collegeand Martel College.
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Opened in after the murder of its namesake William Marsh Rice, Rice is now a research university with an.