|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Florida's 4th district
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1989
|Preceded by||Syd Herlong|
|Succeeded by||Craig James|
|Member of the Florida House of Representatives|
|Born||February 3, 1922|
|Died||March 30, 1989 (aged 67)|
|Spouse(s)||Jeane Brown Chappell|
|Branch/service||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1942-1946 (USN)|
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 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.
- United States Congress. "Bill Chappell (id: C000321)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
- Appearances on C-SPAN
|U.S. House of Representatives|
| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 4th congressional district
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