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Burnett Mitchell Chiperfield (June 14, 1870 – June 24, 1940) was a U.S. Representative from Illinois, father of Robert Bruce Chiperfield.

Burnett Mitchell Chiperfield
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1917
Preceded byLawrence B. Stringer
Succeeded byJoseph M. McCormick
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Illinois's 15th district
In office
November 4, 1930 – March 3, 1933
Preceded byEdward J. King
Succeeded byJ. Leroy Adair
Member of the Illinois House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1870-06-14)June 14, 1870
Dover, Illinois, U.S.
DiedJune 24, 1940(1940-06-24) (aged 70)
Canton, Illinois, U.S.
Resting placeGreenwood Cemetery
Political partyRepublican

Early lifeEdit

Born in Dover, Illinois, Chiperfield attended the public schools of Illinois and Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota, and later studied law. He was admitted to the bar in 1891 and was a lawyer in private practice and prosecuting attorney for Fulton County, Illinois from 1896 to 1900. He served as a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from 1903 to 1913. He was secretary and trustee of the Western Illinois State Normal School (now Western Illinois University), Macomb, Illinois from 1904 to 1909.

He served in the Illinois National Guard for twenty years. He served in the Spanish–American War, and was later in the Judge Advocate General's Department from 1917 to 1919 and 1921 to 1934. In this capacity, he investigated claims of subversion in the Army and he also oversaw dozens of courts-martial.[1] He was also a banker.

Congressional careerEdit

Chiperfield was an unsuccessful candidate for election to the Sixty-third Congress in 1912. He was elected as a Republican to the Sixty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1915 – March 3, 1917). He did not seek renomination, but was an unsuccessful candidate for the United States Senate. He served as delegate to the Republican National Conventions in 1920 and 1936.

Chiperfield was elected simultaneously as a Republican to the Seventy-first and Seventy-second Congresses to fill the vacancy caused by the death of United States Representative-elect Edward J. King (November 4, 1930 – March 3, 1933).

He was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection to the Seventy-third Congress in 1932 and for election to the Seventy-fourth Congress in 1934.

He died on June 24, 1940 in Canton, Illinois, and was interred in Greenwood Cemetery.


  1. ^ Joshua Kastenberg, To Raise and Discipline an Army: Major General Enoch Crowder, the Judge Advocate General's Office, and the Realignment of Civil and Military Relations in World War I. DeKalb : Northern Illinois University Press, [2017], 340
  • United States Congress. "Burnett M. Chiperfield (id: C000364)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved on 2009-5-15

  This article incorporates public domain material from the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress website

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