Born in Northborough, MA, in 1783, Luther Rice was a leader of "The Brethren" at Williams College and served alongside Adoniram Judson as a missionary to Burma in 1812. After studying the Greek New Testament, he was convinced of the biblical precedent of baptism by immersion and became a Baptist. In 1815 Rice dreamed of what Southern Baptists now call The Cooperative Program (pooling resources for the cause of missions) over 100 years before it actually came into existence. A fervent advocate for missions, Rice traveled across America by horseback to raise awareness and support of missions. He successfully planted the seeds of denominational mission support at a time when Baptists were suspicious of any attempt at larger organization. Rice was also a founder of Columbian College, now George Washington University.
For more information, read this IMB article about Luther Rice's legacy. You can also schedule a visit to the Luther Rice homestead or donate to support the upkeep for the Luther Rice homestead.