Thomas C. Ripley

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Thomas C. Ripley
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 12th district
In office
December 7, 1846 – March 3, 1847
Preceded byRichard P. Herrick
Succeeded byGideon Reynolds
Personal details
Thomas Cornell Ripley

(1807-01-02)January 2, 1807
Broadalbin, New York, U.S.
DiedFebruary 12, 1897(1897-02-12) (aged 90)
Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.
Resting placeOakwood Cemetery, Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.
Political partyWhig
Alma materRensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Thomas C. Ripley (January 2, 1807 – February 12, 1897) was a United States Representative from New York.


Thomas Cornell Ripley was born in Broadalbin, New York on January 2, 1807.[1] (Some sources indicate Easton, New York.) He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1828,[2] studied law, was admitted to the bar, and practiced in Little Falls.[3] He subsequently relocated to Schaghticoke.[4][5][6]

Ripley was elected as a Whig to the 29th United States Congress, filling the vacancy caused by the death of Richard P. Herrick. He served from December 1846 to March 1847, and was not a candidate for a full term in 1846.[7]

In 1854 he moved to Saginaw, Michigan, where he farmed and continued to practice law.[8][9] He joined the Republican Party at its founding and held several local offices including School Superintendent.[10] He served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1873 to 1874.[11]

Ripley died in Saginaw on February 12, 1897.[12] He was interred in Saginaw's Oakwood Cemetery.[13]


  1. ^ Michigan State Historical Society, Historical Collections, Volume 28, 1900, pages 84-85
  2. ^ Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Biographical Record of the Officers and Graduates of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1887, page 185
  3. ^ Nathaniel Soley Benton, A History of Herkimer County: Including the Upper Mohawk Valley, 1856, page 485
  4. ^ 1840 United States Federal Census, entry for T. C. Ripley, accessed via, September 22, 2013
  5. ^ 1850 United States Federal Census, entry for Thomas E. Ripley, retrieved via, September 22, 2013
  6. ^ Troy Daily Whig, Rensselaer Whig Nominations, September 9, 1846
  7. ^ Ritchie & Heiss, printers, Journal of the U.S. House of Representatives, December 7, 1846, page 7
  8. ^ Selected U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880, 1860 entry for Thomas C. Ripley, retrieved via, September 22, 2013
  9. ^ 1880 United States Federal Census, entry for Thomas C. Ripley, retrieved via, September 22, 2013
  10. ^ Michigan. Dept. of Public Instruction, Report of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1877, page 22
  11. ^ James W. King, compiler, Manual for the Use of the Legislature of Michigan, 1873, page 470
  12. ^ Michigan, Deaths and Burials Index, 1867-1995, entry for Thomas Ripley, retrieved via, September 22, 2013
  13. ^ Thomas Cornell Ripley at Find A Grave

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Richard P. Herrick
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 12th congressional district

December 7, 1846 – March 3, 1847
Succeeded by
Gideon Reynolds