The son of Irish immigrant James Ripy, Thomas B. Ripy became the largest independent distiller in Kentucky. T.B. Ripy's bourbon was chosen from a selection of more than 400 to represent the Commonwealth of Kentucky at the Columbia Exposition in Chicago 1893. He would own more than a dozen distilleries in his lifetime, including the T.B. Ripy Distillery in Tyrone, Kentucky, which was reportedly the world's largest in the 1890s.
Having amassed a great fortune in the whiskey industry, T.B. Ripy would go on to build a magnificent home for his wife, Sally, and their ten children.