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John Smith CHIPMAN

(1800-1869)

CHIPMAN, John Smith, a Representative from Michigan; born in Shoreham, Addison County, Vt., on August 10, 1800; attended the rural schools and was graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont in 1823; studied law; was admitted to the bar and practiced in Addison County, Vt., and Essex County, N.Y.; moved to Centerville, Mich., in 1838, where he held several local offices; member of the State house of representatives in 1842; elected as a Democrat to the Twenty-ninth Congress (March 4, 1845-March 3, 1847); moved to Niles, Berrien County, Mich., and later, in 1850, to San Francisco, Calif., where he resumed the practice of law; moved to San Jose, Santa Clara County, Calif., in 1869 and lived in retirement until his death there on July 27, 1869; interment in Oak Hill Cemetery.

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

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