Robert F. Chapman

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Robert Chapman
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Incumbent
Assumed office
May 31, 1991
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
In office
September 19, 1981 – May 31, 1991
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Clement Haynsworth
Succeeded by Karen Williams
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
In office
May 27, 1971 – September 19, 1981
Appointed by Richard Nixon
Preceded by Seat established
Succeeded by Clyde Hamilton
Leader of the South Carolina Republican Party
In office
1962–1963
Preceded by Greg Shorey
Succeeded by Drake Edens
Personal details
Born (1926-04-04) April 4, 1926 (age 88)
Inman, South Carolina, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of South Carolina, Columbia

Robert Foster Chapman (born April 24, 1926[1]) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Inman, South Carolina, Chapman was an Ensign in the United States Navy during World War II, from 1943 to 1946.[2] He received a B.S. from University of South Carolina in 1945, and an LL.B. from University of South Carolina Law School in 1949. He was in private practice in Spartanburg, South Carolina from 1949 to 1951, then returned to the United States Navy as a Lieutenant from 1951 to 1953 before returning to private practice in Spartanburg until 1971.

On May 18, 1971, Chapman was nominated by President Richard M. Nixon to a new seat on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina created by 84 Stat. 294. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 26, 1971, and received his commission on May 27, 1971. After a decade of service on that court, Chapman was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on July 16, 1981 for elevation to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit vacated by Clement Furman Haynsworth, Jr.. Chapman was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 16, 1981, receiving his commission on September 19, 1981. He assumed senior status on May 31, 1991, after which his seat was filled by Karen J. Williams.

Chapman served as Chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party from 1962-1963.

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Legal offices
New seat Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
1971–1981
Succeeded by
Clyde Hamilton
Preceded by
Clement Haynsworth
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
1981–1991
Succeeded by
Karen Williams