Rice, John

London broker.

Learned brokerage business from his father. Managed a respected and prosperous firm, first in Spital-Square, later in New John’s Street. Nearly ruined by ill-advised speculation and the dishonesty of some of his customers (1762). To recoup his losses, he forged powers of attorney and embezzled his clients’ stocks. Fled to Cambrai, France, to elude arrest (December 1762). Arrested, extradited, and hanged at Tyburn (May 1763).

Native of London. Married.