CHAPMAN, Virgil Munday, (1895 - 1951)

Senate Years of Service: 1949-1951
Party: Democrat

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

CHAPMAN, Virgil Munday, a Representative and a Senator from Kentucky; born in Middleton, Simpson County, Ky., on March 15, 1895; attended the public schools of Franklin, Ky.; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1917; graduated from the law department of the University of Kentucky at Lexington in 1918 and commenced practice at Irvine, Estill County, Ky., in 1918; city attorney of Irvine 1918-1920; moved to Paris, Ky., in 1920 and continued the practice of law; assisted in organizing the tobacco growers of Kentucky and nearby States into cooperative marketing associations 1921-1923; elected as a Democrat to the Sixty-ninth and Seventieth Congresses (March 4, 1925-March 3, 1929); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1928; elected as a Democrat to the Seventy-second and to the eight succeeding Congresses (March 4, 1931-January 3, 1949); elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1948 and served from January 3, 1949, until his death in the naval hospital at Bethesda, Md. following an automobile accident, March 8, 1951; interment in Paris Cemetery, Paris, Ky.


U.S. Congress. Memorial Services For Virgil Munday Chapman. 82nd Cong., 1st sess., 1951. Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 1951.