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James Wheelock RIPLEY

(1786-1835)

RIPLEY, James Wheelock, (brother of Eleazar Wheelock Ripley), a Representative from Maine; born in Hanover, N.H., March 12, 1786; attended the common schools and Fryeburg (Maine) Academy; studied law; was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Fryeburg, Maine (until 1820 a part of Massachusetts); served in the War of 1812; member of the Massachusetts house of representatives 1814-1819; elected from Maine to the Nineteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Enoch Lincoln and on the same day was elected to the Twentieth Congress; reelected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congress and served from September 11, 1826, to March 12, 1830, when he resigned; resumed the practice of law; collector of customs for the district of Passamaquoddy, Maine, from December 16, 1830, until his death in Fryeburg, Oxford County, Maine, June 17, 1835; interment in the Village Cemetery.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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