Editor; born in Greenfield, Mass.
, Oct. 3, 1802; was an able writer and a most industrious man of letters, having edited, translated, and written numerous works on a great variety of subjects, and gained a wide reputation as a scholar, editor, and journalist.
He graduated at Harvard University in 1823, and Cambridge Divinity School in 1826; became pastor of the Thirteenth Congregational (Unitarian) Church in Boston
and was prominent in the Brook farm Association
(q. v.) In 1840-41 he was associate editor with Ralph Waldo Emerson
and Margaret Fuller
of the Dial
, the organ of the New England
Transcendentalists; and with Charles A. Dana
, Parke Godwin
, and J. S. Dwight
, of the Harbinger
, an advocate of socialism as propounded by Fourier
From 1849 until his death Mr. Ripley
was the literary editor of the New York Tribune
In conjunction with Charles A. Dana
, Dr. Ripley
's New American Cyclopaedia
(16 volumes, 1857-63), and a new edition (1873-76). He died in New York City, July 4, 1880.