Ripley, George, Lld
Ripley, George, LL.D.
a Unitarian divine and author, was born at Greenfield, Massachusetts, October 3, 1802. He graduated from Harvard College in 1823, and from the Cambridge Divinity School in 1826; the following year became pastor of the Purchase Street Unitarian Church, Boston. After remaining a few years he resigned, and devoted himself exclusively to literary pursuits. In 1847 he became literary editor of the New York Tribune, and retained that position until his death, July 4, 1880. He published, Discourses on the Philosophy of Religion (1839): — Letters on the Latest Forms of Infidelity (1840): — Specimens of Foreign Standard Literature (1842). Among his greatest literary labors are, Appleton's New American Cyclopaedia, which subsequently was revised and greatly enlarged. He was also editor of an Annual Cyclopcedia, published by the same house. He translated Philosophical Essays, by M. Victor Cousin (Edinburgh, 1857). He edited, in connection with R.W. Emerson and S.M. Fuller, The Dial, and with C.A. Daia, Parke Godwin, and J.S. Dwight, The Harbinger. He contributed numerous articles to the Christian Examiner, and Putnalm's and Harper's Magazines. See (N.Y.) Observer, July 8, 1880; Allibone, Dict. of Brit. and Amer. Authors, s.v. (W.P.S.)