Augustus A. Chapman

Augustus Alexandria Chapman (March 9, 1805 – June 7, 1876) was a 19th-century politician and lawyer from Virginia.

Augustus A. Chapman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1847
Preceded byThomas W. Gilmer
Succeeded byWilliam B. Preston
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Monroe County
In office
December 7, 1857 – December 2, 1861
Preceded byAlexander D. Haynes
Succeeded byJohn M. Rowan
In office
December 2, 1839 – December 6, 1841
Preceded byJames A. Dunlap
Succeeded byAllen T. Caperton
In office
December 7, 1835 – January 7, 1839
Preceded byHenry Alexander
Succeeded byJames A. Dunlap
Personal details
Born(1805-03-09)March 9, 1805
Union, Virginia, U.S.
(now West Virginia)
DiedJune 7, 1876(1876-06-07) (aged 71)
Hinton, West Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Mary Rankin Beirne

Early lifeEdit

Born in Union, Virginia (now West Virginia), Chapman studied law as a young adult, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Virginia in 1827.[1]


He was admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice in Union, Virginia.[2]

About 1829, Chapman settled in Monroe County, Virginia.[3] He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1835 to 1841.[4]

Chapman was later elected a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives, serving two terms from 1843 to 1847.[5]

Chapman was a member of the Virginia Constitutional Convention from 1850 to 1851 and later returned to the House of Delegates from 1857 to 1861.[6]

At the outbreak of the Civil War, Chapman became a brigadier general of the Virginia Militia and as such took the field with his command in 1861.[7] He was in charge of the 19th Brigade, which consisted of six regiments from Raleigh, Mercer, Fayette, Monroe, and Giles counties.[8]

Later lifeEdit

After the war, he resumed practicing law in his home town and engaged in agricultural pursuits.[9]


Augustus Alexandria Chapman died on June 7, 1876, in Hinton, West Virginia. He is interred at Green Hill Cemetery in Union, West Virginia.[10]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Pulliam 1901, p. 103
  2. ^ Congressional Biographical Directory, "Augustus Chapman"
  3. ^ Pulliam 1901, p. 103
  4. ^ Swem 1913, p. 358
  5. ^ Congressional Biographical Directory, "Augustus Chapman"
  6. ^ Swem 1913, p. 358
  7. ^ Pulliam 1901, p. 103
  8. ^ Allardice, Bruce S., More Generals in Gray: : Spengler on World History and Politics (Political Traditions in Foreign Policy Series), Louisiana State Univ. Press, Baton Rouge, 1995, pg. 55, ISBN 978-0807131480
  9. ^ Congressional Biographical Directory, "Augustus Chapman"
  10. ^ Congressional Biographical Directory, "Augustus Chapman"


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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas W. Gilmer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 12th congressional district

March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1847 (obsolete district)
Succeeded by
William B. Preston