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Originally appearing in Volume V23, Page 365 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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RIPON, a city of Fond du Lac county, Wisconsin, U,S.A., on Silver Creek, about 22 M. W. of Fond du Lac, and about 75 M. N.W. of Milwaukee. Pop. (1890), 3358; (1900), 3818, of whom 885 were foreign-born; (1905), 3811; (1910), 3739. Ripon is served by the Chicago & North-Western, and the Chicago, Milwaukee & St Paul railways. The city has a Carnegie library, which also houses the library of the Ripon Historical Society, and is the seat of Ripon College (non-sectarian, co-educational), which was founded in 1850 as the Lyceum of Ripon, and was named Ripon College in 1864; in 1908 it had 23 instructors and 279 students. There are grain elevators and various manufactories, among the products of which are cheese and other creamery products, flour, knit. goods, pickles and canned goods, woodenware, washing machines and gloves. The site of Ripon was purchased in 1838 by John Scott Horner (1802-1883), of Virginia, secretary and acting-governor of Michigan Territory in 1835, and the first secretary of Wisconsin Territory in 1836-37, who named the village when. it was established in 1849 from the seat of his ancestors in Yorkshire. In May 1844 a settlement, named Ceresco or " the Wisconsin Phalanx," a Fourierist community,' organized ' The charter, granted by the legislature in 1845, contained the following features: (1) property to be held in common;(1884).
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