Born in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of Sidney Bowles Fripp, he was first elected to the Canadian House of Commons in the riding of Ottawa (City of) in the 1911 federal elections. A Conservative, he was re-elected in 1917 but was defeated in 1921. He was summoned to the Canadian Senate in 1933 representing the senatorial division of Ottawa, Ontario. He died in office in 1938.
In 1894, Fripp married Clementine Bell.