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Preceded by  Enoch Lincoln
Name  James Ripley
Spouse(s)  Abigail Osgood
Political party  Jacksonian
Succeeded by  Cornelius Holland

James W. Ripley Brigadier General James W Ripley Ordnance Corps Hall of Fame
Born  March 12, 1786 Hanover, New Hampshire (1786-03-12)
Died  June 17, 1835(1835-06-17) (aged 49) Fryeburg, Maine
Resting place  Village Cemetery, Fryeburg, Maine

James Wheelock Ripley (March 12, 1786 – June 17, 1835) was an American attorney and Jacksonian politician. He served as a member of the United States House of Representatives and the Massachusetts House of Representatives during the 1800s.


Early life and career

Ripley was born in Hanover, New Hampshire the son of Sylvanus Ripley and Abigail Wheelock Ripley. He attended the common schools and Fryeburg Academy, studied law and was admitted to the bar. He began the practice of law in Fryeburg, Maine, (which was a part of Massachusetts until 1820).

He served in the War of 1812 and was elected a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives, serving from 1814-1819. He was elected from Maine to the Nineteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Enoch Lincoln. On the same day he was elected to the Twentieth Congress. He was reelected to the Twenty-first Congress, serving in Congress from September 11, 1826 to March 12, 1830 when he resigned.

After leaving Congress, Ripley resumed the practice of law and was a collector of customs for the district of Passamaquoddy, Maine from December 16, 1830 until his death in Fryeburg on June 17, 1835. He is interred in the Village Cemetery in Fryesburg.

Personal life

Ripley married Abigail Osgood, and they had eight children. Ripley was the brother of Eleazar Wheelock Ripley, a brigadier general in the War of 1812 and a U. S. Representative from Louisiana.


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