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John Bowman Chapple[1] (November 20, 1899 – April 16, 1989) was a political candidate in Wisconsin.

In 1932, Chapple defeated incumbent John J. Blaine in the Republican primary for the United States Senate. His campaign included the claim that the University of Wisconsin was rife with atheism, communism, and immorality.[2] Chapple lost in the general election to F. Ryan Duffy. He ran for the Senate twice more. In 1934, he finished third behind incumbent Robert M. La Follette, Jr. and John M. Callahan. Chapple ran as a "Townsend Republican" in 1938 but lost to Republican Alexander Wiley in the general election.

In 1936, Chapple was a candidate for the Republican primary for Governor of Wisconsin. He lost to Julius P. Heil, who went on to defeat incumbent Philip La Follette in the general election. Chapple's name was put into play for the Republican nominee for President of the United States in 1956, but ultimately, incumbent Dwight D. Eisenhower retained the nomination and won re-election.

In 1960, Chapple was a write-in candidate for the United States House of Representatives from Wisconsin's 10th congressional district, garnering 4.7% of the vote.[3] He lost to Republican incumbent Alvin E. O'Konski.


  1. ^ "Chapple, John Bowman". Political Graveyard. Retrieved 2011-12-31.
  2. ^ "Chapple Jeered at Speech in Madison". The Post-Crescent. May 20, 1932. p. 4. Retrieved March 15, 2015 – via  
  3. ^ "Wisconsin U.S. House elections, 1848-2008" (PDF). University of Minnesota. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-04-05. Retrieved 2011-12-31.