CHAPMAN, Reuben, (1799 - 1882)


CHAPMAN, Reuben, a Representative from Alabama; born in Bowling Green, Caroline County, Va., July 15, 1799; attended an academy in Virginia; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice in Somerville, Morgan County, Ala.; member of the State senate 1832-1835; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-fourth Congress and as a Democrat to the five succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1835-March 3, 1847); was not a candidate for renomination in 1846, having become a gubernatorial candidate; Governor of Alabama 1847-1849; member of the State house of representatives in 1855; delegate to the Democratic Convention at Baltimore in 1860; was a representative of the Confederacy to France 1862-1865; resumed the practice of law; died in Huntsville, Madison County, Ala., May 16, 1882; interment in Maple Hill Cemetery.