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Rice, Luther (1783-1836). Missionary to India and founder of the first Baptist weekly newspaper, The Columbian Star, in the United States. Born in Northborough, Mass., on March 25, 1783. Grew up as a Congregationalist. Helped found the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions. Went to India with Adoniram Judson in 1812 and there became a Baptist. Returned to the United States in 1813. Died in Edgefield, S.C., on Sept. 25, 1836.

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