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Virgil Munday Chapman (March 15, 1895 – March 8, 1951), a Democrat, represented Kentucky in the United States House of Representatives and in the United States Senate.

Virgil Munday Chapman
Senator Virgil Chapman (1895-1951).jpg
United States Senator
from Kentucky
In office
January 3, 1949 – March 8, 1951
Preceded byJohn S. Cooper
Succeeded byThomas R. Underwood
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 6th district
In office
January 3, 1935 – January 3, 1949
Preceded byBrent Spence
Succeeded byThomas R. Underwood
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 7th district
In office
March 4, 1931 – January 3, 1935
Preceded byRobert E. Lee Blackburn
Succeeded byAndrew J. May
In office
March 4, 1925 – March 3, 1929
Preceded byJoseph W. Morris
Succeeded byRobert E. Lee Blackburn
Personal details
Born(1895-03-15)March 15, 1895
Middleton, Kentucky
DiedMarch 8, 1951(1951-03-08) (aged 55)
Bethesda, Maryland
Political partyDemocratic

Chapman, originally from Middleton, Kentucky, practiced law in Irvine, Kentucky, then Paris, Kentucky, then Lexington, Kentucky. He was married to Mary Chapman and had one daughter, Elizabeth.

In 1924 Chapman was elected to the United States House of Representatives and served two terms representing Kentucky's 7th Congressional District in the House, 1925-1929. In 1928 Chapman lost his House seat in the Republican landslide as Herbert Hoover was elected president. Chapman was ousted that year by Republican Robert E. Lee Blackburn but defeated Blackburn in a rematch two years later, in 1930. Chapman, re-elected to the House in 1930, served two terms, 1931-1935, representing the 7th district. Chapman then was elected to represent Kentucky's 6th district in the House and held that seat from 1935 through 1949.

In 1948 Chapman defeated incumbent John Sherman Cooper for a seat in the United States Senate. An automobile accident in Washington, DC killed Chapman on March 8, 1951. He was buried in the Paris Cemetery.

Chapman was succeeded in both the House of Representatives and the Senate by Thomas R. Underwood. This is rare but not unique — Dan Quayle, William Hathaway, Spark Matsunaga, Henry C. Hansbrough, and Jonathan Chace were all also succeeded by the same person in both the House and Senate.

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ReferencesEdit

  • United States Congress. "Virgil Chapman (id: C000317)". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress.
  • Memorial services held in the House of Representatives together with remarks presented in eulogy of Virgil Munday Chapman, late a representative from Kentucky
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joseph W. Morris
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 7th congressional district

1925 – 1929
Succeeded by
Robert E. Lee Blackburn
Preceded by
Robert E. Lee Blackburn
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 7th congressional district

1931 – 1935
Succeeded by
Andrew J. May
Preceded by
Brent Spence
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Kentucky's 6th congressional district

1935 – 1949
Succeeded by
Thomas R. Underwood
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
John Sherman Cooper
U.S. Senator (Class 2) from Kentucky
January 3, 1949 – March 8, 1951
Served alongside: Alben W. Barkley, Garrett L. Withers, Earle C. Clements
Succeeded by
Thomas R. Underwood

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