Rice W. Means was born in
St. Joseph, Missouri, November 16, 1877. He moved
to Colorado in 1887 and was educated in the
public schools of Denver. He was a graduate of
the University of Michigan in 1901, L.L.B., but
left college at the outbreak of the Spanish War
and enlisted in the First Colorado Infantry.
was subsequently commissioned a 2nd lieutenant
and received promotion once during his service in
the Philippines and was recommended twice for the
Congressional Medal of Honor. Means was awarded
the Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry in
action during the attack on Manila.
served in World War I as a lieutenant colonel
with the 40th Division and commanded the 4th U.S.
Infantry in the Meuse-Argonne offensive and the
One Hundred and Fifty-Seventh Infantry on its
return to the United States.
Elected U.S. Senator from
Colorado, November 4, 1924, he was Commander in
Chief Army of the Philippines 1913. Commander in
Chief V.F.W. 1914; Commander in Chief U.S.W.V.
1926-1927; served as Chairman National
Legislative Committee 1933- 1936.
W. Means died January 30, 1949 in Denver,
Colorado, and is buried in the Fairmount Cemetery