Diana J. Kleiner

RIPLEY, DANIEL (1852–1921). Daniel Ripley, Houston banker and civic leader, was born in Mobile, Alabama, in 1852. He graduated from Barton's Academy in Mobile and moved to Texas, where he worked for the Houston and Texas Central Railway in Houston and Galveston in the 1880s. In 1893 he organized the Daniel Ripley Steamship Company. Ripley was in charge of hospitals for the Central Relief Committee, which coordinated recovery efforts after the Galveston hurricane of 1900. He became a cotton broker in 1911, served briefly in 1914 on the city harbor board, and was vice president of the South Texas Commercial Bank in 1917. Ripley died on September 21, 1921, leaving approximately a million dollars to establish the Daniel and Edith Ripley trust fund "for the betterment of the community." His widow, the former Edith Hudson of Cincinnati, established Ripley Settlement House in Houston in 1940 as a memorial to her husband. The facility, designed by Birdsall P. Briscoe and Maurice J. Sullivan, was the city's largest community center in that period.


Marguerite Johnston, Houston, The Unknown City, 1836–1946 (College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 1991). David G. McComb, Houston: The Bayou City (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1969; rev. ed., Houston: A History, 1981). Marilyn M. Sibley, The Port of Houston (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1968).

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