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James Wheelock Ripley
was a brother of Eleazar Wheelock Ripley and a United States Representative from Maine
Maine is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east and south, New Hampshire to the west, and the Canadian provinces of Quebec to the northwest and New Brunswick to the northeast. Maine is both the northernmost and easternmost...
. He was born in Hanover, New Hampshire
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March 12, 1786. He attended the common schools and Fryeburg Academy
Fryeburg Academy, founded 1792, is one of the oldest private schools in the United States. It is located in Fryeburg, Maine. One of the first headmasters was Daniel Webster, who taught at the school for a year....
. He studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Fryeburg (which was a part of Massachusetts
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is a state in the New England region of the northeastern United States of America. It is bordered by Rhode Island and Connecticut to the south, New York to the west, and Vermont and New Hampshire to the north; at its east lies the Atlantic Ocean. As of the 2010...
He served in the War of 1812
The War of 1812 was a military conflict fought between the forces of the United States of America and those of the British Empire. The Americans declared war in 1812 for several reasons, including trade restrictions because of Britain's ongoing war with France, impressment of American merchant...
. He was elected a member of the Massachusetts House of Representatives
The Massachusetts House of Representatives is the lower house of the Massachusetts General Court, the state legislature of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is composed of 160 members elected from single-member electoral districts across the Commonwealth. Representatives serve two-year terms...
1814-1819, and was elected from Maine to the Nineteenth Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Enoch Lincoln
Enoch Lincoln was a U.S. Representative from Massachusetts and from Maine, son of Levi Lincoln and brother of Levi Lincoln . Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, Lincoln graduated from Harvard University in 1807.He studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced the practice of his profession in...
and on the same day was elected to the Twentieth Congress. He was reelected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first Congress and served from September 11, 1826, to March 12, 1830 when he resigned.
He resumed the practice of law, and was a collector of customs for the district of Passamaquoddy from December 16, 1830 until his death in Fryeburg on June 17, 1835. His interment was in the Village Cemetery.