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Ridpath, James

Senate 1857-58 (District 12)

Party when first elected:  Not Available

Counties Served:  Wabasha


Date of Birth: ??/??/1821 (uncertain)
Birth Place: Virginia
Birth County:
Birth Country: United States
Date of Death: 4/20/1901
Gender: Male
Reported Minority: None Reported
Other Names:
Alternate Spelling of Last Name: Redpath
City of Residence (when first elected): Tepeeota
Occupation (when first elected): None Listed



State Legislator (Not Minnesota): Dakota Senate; 18?? to 18??


Children: At least one child: Waltham (son) (John Clark is also listed as a son in the New York Times obituary. The Minneapolis Journal lists him as a nephew)
Family Members Who Have Served in the Minnesota Legislature:


The Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1881 lists his last name as Redpath. The Minnesota Historical Society's Visual Resources Database, and his obituary in the New York Times and the Minneapolis Journal list Ridpath. The Minnesota Journal of the Senate, 1858 lists both Redpath and Ridpath.

Toensing lists his birth year as 1821(?). The New York Times Obituary lists him as being 84 years old when he died. That would make his birth year around 1817.

He moved to Indiana when he was 20 years old.

He died in Spokane, Washington.

Birth state, birth country, names of two sons, death date, and death year provided by the New York Times obituary.

Total Days Served: 735


1st Legislative Session (1857-1858)

  Session Details
Body: Senate
District: 12
Elected: 10/13/1857
Residence: Tepeeota
Term of Office: 12/2/1857 to 12/6/1859
Counties Represented: Wabasha
Occupation: None Listed
Party: Not Available
  • Agriculture and Manufactures
  • Education and Sciences
  • Ways and Means
Session Notes: He was sworn in on December 7, 1857 and subscribed to the oath of office on December 8, 1857. An 1858-59 session was not held due to the protracted session of 1857-58. (Minnesota Legislative Manual, 1872, p. 66) Thus, even though the first session was adjourned on August 12, 1858; the term end date for it is listed as the day before the second legislative session's start date.
James Ridpath of Tepeotah, member of the First State Legislature (ca. 1858) From the Minnesota Historical Society's Visual Resources Database

Articles & Books About
"James Ridpath (Obituary)." New York Times, April 21, 1901.

"James Ridpath Dead." Minneapolis Journal, April 20, 1901.