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Pleasant Thomas CHAPMAN

(1854-1931)

CHAPMAN, Pleasant Thomas, a Representative from Illinois; born on a farm near Vienna, Johnson County, Ill., October 8, 1854; attended the public schools, and was graduated from McKendree College, Lebanon, Ill., in June 1876; taught school; served as superintendent of public schools of Johnson County 1877-1882; studied law; was admitted to the bar at Mount Vernon, Ill., in 1878 and commenced practice in Vienna, Ill.; also engaged in banking and in agricultural pursuits; judge of Johnson County 1882-1890; member of the State senate 1890-1902; elected as a Republican to the Fifty-ninth, Sixtieth, and Sixty-first Congresses (March 4, 1905-March 3, 1911); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1910 to the Sixty-second Congress; resumed the practice of law in Vienna, Ill., and also engaged in banking and agricultural pursuits; delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1924; died in Vienna, Ill., January 31, 1931; interment in Fraternal Cemetery.

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

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