February 13, 1825, Charleston, South Carolina.
January 18, 1913, Rutland, Vermont, at her home, The Maples.
Evergreen Cemetery, Rutland, Vermont.
Julia was the daughter of William Young Ripley and Zulma Caroline Thomas, and wife of Seneca Milo Dorr, a prominent New York lawyer and banker (married 1847).
Julia lost her mother as a child, and in 1830 her father took her to Vermont, where she was educated. She began writing poetry at an early age, but did not publish anything until two years after her marriage.
Julia contributed to magazines, mainly poetry, with an occasional short story. She counted among her friends writers such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, James Russell Lowell, Julia Ward Howe, Richard Watson Gilder, and Oliver Wendell Holmes. She carried on a correspondence with Holmes for over 20 years.
Dorr’s works include: