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Augustus Alexandria CHAPMAN

(1803-1876)

CHAPMAN, Augustus Alexandria, a Representative from Virginia; born in Union, Monroe County, Va. (now West Virginia), March 9, 1803; studied law; was admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice in Union; member, State house of delegates, 1835-1841; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth Congresses (March 4, 1843-March 3, 1847); member, State constitutional convention, 1850-1851; again a member of State house of delegates, 1857-1861; at the outbreak of the Civil War was a brigadier general of the State militia and as such took the field with his command in 1861, serving with the Confederate Army in the Kanawha Valley; resumed the practice of law in Union, W.Va., and also engaged in agricultural pursuits; died in Hinton, Summers County, W.Va., June 7, 1876, while en route to attend the Democratic State convention at Charleston; interment in Green Hill Cemetery, Union, Monroe County, W.Va.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present

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