Wisconsin History Day By Day

Related Web Sites:
The City of Ripon

Fond du Lac County Local History Web

Ripon College Waymark

Read More About It

"Ripon College: 125th Anniversary"

"Ripon College: A History" by Robert Paul Ashley



Interesting Fact:

The college was originally named after a local merchant, William S. Brockway, who was the highest bidder ($250) for the honor of naming the school.

Study Questions:

  • What is the current enrollment at Ripon College? How much has it grown over the years?
  • How many colleges and universities existed in Wisconsin by 1851?
  • Who founded Ripon College? What was their purpose in founding the college?

    U.S. historical events that occurred on January 29:

    1936: The first members of the baseball Hall of Fame are named in Cooperstown, N.Y.
    1963: The first members of the football Hall of Fame are named in Canton, Ohio.

  • January 29

    January 29, 1851: Ripon College was founded as Brockway College. The name was changed to Ripon in 1864.

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