Meeting at a school house in Ripon on February 28, 1854, some thirty opponents of the Nebraska Act called for the organization of a new political party and suggested that Republican would be the most appropriate name (to link their cause with the Declaration of Independence). The radicals also took a leading role in the creation of the Republican Party in many northern states during the summer of 1854. While conservatives and many moderates were content merely to call for the restoration of the Missouri Compromise or a prohibition of slavery extension, the radicals insisted that no further political compromise with slavery was possible.
The February 1854 meeting was the first political meeting of the group that would become the Republican Party. The first meeting by a group that called itself "Republican" took place later in 1854 in Jackson, Michigan. Both cities, along with Exeter, New Hampshire and Crawfordsville, Iowa, bill themselves as the "Birthplace of the Republican Party," however, Jackson is most often associated with this idea, as the event taking place was the first official Republican Party meeting.
The modern Ripon Society, a Republican think tank, takes its name from Ripon, Wisconsin.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.3 square miles (11.0 km²), of which, 4.2 square miles (11.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it is water. The total area is 0.47% water.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 22.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 87.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $37,399, and the median income for a family was $51,100. Males had a median income of $35,990 versus $25,053 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,313. About 4.4% of families and 6.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.0% of those under age 18 and 5.2% of those age 65 or over.
|1868||Jehdiah Bowen (2nd)|
|1870||George L. Field|
|1874-78||Aaron Everhard (2nd)|
|1882-85||Aaron Everhard (3rd)|
|1890-92||Aaron Everhard (3rd)|
|1897||George L. Field (2nd)|
|1900-02||John T. Harris|
|1904-06||John T. Harris (2nd)|
|1918-20||Charles H. Graham|
|1922-32||Lewis Kellogg (2nd)|
|1940-44||Eugene von Schallern|
|1956-60||John H. Wilson|
|1960-62||J. Gordon Thiel|
|1968-72||Fred W. Kohl, Jr.|
|1974-77||Michael Williams (A)|
|1982-84||Thomas (Ted) Jones|
|1984-86||Warren Bredahl (2nd)|
|2002-2003||John Reinsch (B)|
B - Resigned June 2003. Aaron Kramer appointed to the position.