Alfred C. Chapin

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Alfred C. Chapin
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Born Alfred Clark Chapin
(1848-03-08)March 8, 1848
South Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts, United States
Died October 2, 1936(1936-10-02) (aged 88)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Nationality American
Known for Mayor of Brooklyn, 1888-91
Congressman, 1891-92
Political party Democratic Party

Alfred Clark Chapin (March 8, 1848 – October 2, 1936) was an American lawyer and politician.

Early life[edit]

Chapin was born to Ephraim Atlas Chapin who had interests in the railroad and Josephine, née Clark. He had a younger sister Alice Chapin who was an actress and suffragette.[1]

He attended the public and private schools and graduated from Williams College (in Williamstown, Massachusetts) in 1869 and from Harvard Law School in 1871. He was admitted to the bar in 1872 and commenced practice in New York City with residence in Brooklyn.[2]

Political career[edit]

He was a member of the New York State Assembly (Kings Co., 11th D.) in 1882 and 1883, and was Speaker in 1883. On January 13, 1882, he was injured in the same train accident in which State Senator Webster Wagner was killed.

He was New York State Comptroller from 1884 to 1887, elected at the New York state election, 1883 and the New York state election, 1885. He was Mayor of Brooklyn from 1888 to 1891. Chapin was elected as a Democrat to the 52nd United States Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of David A. Boody and served from November 3, 1891, to November 16, 1892, when he resigned.[2]

Later life[edit]

Chapin served as railroad commissioner of New York State from 1892 to 1897, and continued the practice of law, He was also financially interested in various enterprises. He died while on a visit in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1936, and was buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bronx.[3] Chapin's grandson Hamilton Fish IV also was a U.S. Representative from New York.[2]


  1. ^ Maggie B. Gale, ‘Chapin, Harold (1886–1915)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2015 accessed 9 Nov 2017
  2. ^ a b c
  3. ^ Alfred C. Chapin at Find a Grave

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New York Assembly
Preceded by
William H. Waring
New York State Assembly
Kings County, 11th District

Succeeded by
Henry Heath
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles E. Patterson
Speaker of the New York State Assembly
Succeeded by
Titus Sheard
Preceded by
Ira Davenport
New York State Comptroller
Succeeded by
Edward Wemple
Preceded by
Daniel D. Whitney
Mayor of Brooklyn
Succeeded by
David A. Boody
U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
David A. Boody
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from New York's 2nd congressional district

Succeeded by
John M. Clancy