Ripon Society ( Ripon Society )
About Ripon Society
Taking its name from Ripon, Wisconsin, the birthplace of the Republican Party, a loosely knit association of young business, academic and professional women and men formed the Ripon Society in 1962 to revive the Grand Old Party’s commitment to inclusion and reform. Founded on the values of Abraham Lincoln and Teddy Roosevelt, Ripon believes in their legacy of innovation, equality of opportunity for all people, mutual responsibility, and self-government. The Ripon Society was the first major Republican Party organization to support the passage of the Civil Rights Bill in the 1960s. The group stayed true to its reform-minded mission by also pushing for the abolition of the military conscription in the 1970s.