Sample Chapter – Eleazer Wheelock Ripley (April 15, 1782 – March 2, 1839)

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Historic Travel Guide to Ripley County
Historic Travel Guide to Ripley County


Sample Chapter
Historic Travel Guide to Ripley County
Chapter title – Biographical Sketch of County’s Namesake

Ripley County Historical Marker
Location:
Ripley County Court House
Eleazer Wheelock Ripley (April 15, 1782 – March 2, 1839)
The son of Sylvanus Ripley and Abigail Wheelock, Eleazer was native to Hanover, New Hampshire. Ripley attended Dartmouth College, graduating in 1800 with a law degree. He opened a practice in Portland, Maine, when Maine was still part of Massachusetts. He served in both the Massachusetts House Representatives and the Massachusetts Senate. When the War of 1812 broke out, he organized the 21st United States Infantry Regiment. He received a commission as a lieutenant colonel. In 1813, he was awarded a promotion to colonel. His brigade took part in several battles, including the Battles of York, Sacketts Harbor, Crysler’s Farm and Lundy’s Lane. He was wounded in the Battle of York and at the Battle of Lundy’s Lane; his brigade captured the British artillery until the Americans withdrew. At war’s end, Congress awarded Ripley the Congressional Gold Medal, which was the predecessor of the Congressional Medal of Honor. After the war, Ripley migrated to Louisiana, where he practiced law and served in the Louisiana House of Representatives and later the United States House of Representatives.

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