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William Venroe Chappell Jr. (February 3, 1922 – March 30, 1989) was a U.S. Representative from Florida.

Bill Chappell
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Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 4th district
In office
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1989
Preceded bySyd Herlong
Succeeded byCraig James
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
In office
In office
Personal details
Born(1922-02-03)February 3, 1922
Kendrick, Florida
DiedMarch 30, 1989(1989-03-30) (aged 67)
Bethesda, Maryland
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Jeane Brown Chappell
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/serviceUnited States Navy
Years of service1942-1946 (USN)
1946–1983 (USNR)
RankUS-O6 insignia.svg Captain

Born in Kendrick, Florida, Chappell was in the University of Florida, B.A., 1947, LL.B., 1949, and J.D., 1967. He served in the United States Navy, aviator from 1942 to 1946. He retired as a captain from United States Navy Reserve in 1983. He was a Marion County prosecuting attorney from 1950 to 1954.

Chappell was elected to Florida House of Representatives from 1954 to 1964, speaker from 1961 to 1963. He did not seek reelection in 1964 but was elected again in 1966. He served as member of the law firm of Chappell and Rowland, Ocala, Florida.

Chappell was elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-first and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1989). He married the former Jeane Brown on September 28, 1985.

Chappell was a moderate to conservative Democrat and served on the United States House Appropriations Committee. At the time of his defeat he was serving as chairman of the United States House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.

He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1988 to the One Hundred First Congress. He was a resident of Ocala, Florida, until his death in Bethesda, Maryland, on March 30, 1989 from bone cancer.

The Port Orange Causeway, spanning the Halifax River, in Port Orange, Florida, was named the Congressman William V. Chappell Jr. Memorial Bridge by the Florida Legislature in 1989.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Daytona Beach, Florida was posthumously named with his name.


  • United States Congress. "Bill Chappell (id: C000321)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Appearances on C-SPAN
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Syd Herlong
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 4th congressional district

Succeeded by
Craig James

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