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John Joel CHAPPELL

(1782-1871)

CHAPPELL, John Joel, a Representative from South Carolina; born on Little River, near Columbia, Fairfield District, S.C., where the family was on a visit, January 19, 1782; as an infant was taken by his parents to their home on the Congaree River, Richland District, S.C.; attended the common schools and was graduated from the law department of South Carolina College (now the University of South Carolina) at Columbia; was admitted to the bar in 1805 and commenced practice in Columbia, Richland County, S.C.; appointed adjutant of the Thirty-third South Carolina Regiment in 1805 and elected captain and then colonel of the same regiment in 1808; member of the State house of representatives 1808-1812; appointed trustee of South Carolina College in 1809; served in the War of 1812; elected as a Republican to the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Congresses (March 4, 1813-March 3, 1817); chairman, Committee on Pensions and Revolutionary Claims (Thirteenth and Fourteenth Congresses); resumed the practice of law until 1837; director of the Columbia branch of the State Bank of South Carolina 1830-1858; moved to Lowndes County, Ala., and became a cotton planter; died in Lowndes County, Ala., May 23, 1871; interment in First Baptist Church Cemetery, Columbia, S.C.

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

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