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Wallace was in the book, stationery, paper, and waste cotton business. He came to Fitchburg, MA in 1853.
It was 1864 when he started the Fitchburg Paper Company. He took his two sons, Herbert and George, into the business in 1879.
He was the president of Fitchburg Gas Company from 1864 and a trustee or director of many institutions and companies.
In 1884, he was a delegate to the Republican National Convention. He was a congressman for the Massachusetts's 11th congressional district 11th Massachusetts district from 1889-1891.
He was a great benefactor to many towns and institutions. He presented Wallace Way, the stairs leading up to the Fitchburg High School, to that city, as well as the Wallace Library and Art building. He donated the Ingalls Memorial Library to the town of Rindge, NH, and the Wallace House at Smith College.
"United States Census, 1880," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MHFW-2NV : 14 August 2017), Rodney Wallace, Fitchburg, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States; citing enumeration district ED 876, sheet 554B, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 0567; FHL microfilm 1,254,567.