Augustus A. Chapman

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This article is about the Virginia politician and lawyer. For the founder of Houston, Texas, see Augustus Chapman Allen.
Augustus A. Chapman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 12th district
In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1847
Preceded by Thomas W. Gilmer
Succeeded by William B. Preston
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Monroe County
In office
December 7, 1857 – December 2, 1861
Preceded by Alexander D. Haynes
Succeeded by John M. Rowan
In office
December 2, 1839 – December 6, 1841
Preceded by James A. Dunlap
Succeeded by Allen T. Caperton
In office
December 7, 1835 – January 7, 1839
Preceded by Henry Alexander
Succeeded by James A. Dunlap
Personal details
Born (1805-03-09)March 9, 1805
Union, Virginia, U.S.
(now West Virginia)
Died June 7, 1876(1876-06-07) (aged 71)
Hinton, West Virginia, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Mary Rankin Beirne

Augustus Alexandria Chapman (March 9, 1805 – June 7, 1876) was a 19th-century politician and lawyer from Virginia.

Early life[edit]

Born in Union, Virginia (now West Virginia), Chapman studied law as a young adult, graduating with a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Virginia in 1827.[1]


He was admitted to the bar in 1825 and commenced practice in Union, Virginia.[2]

About 1829, Chapman settled in Monroe County, Virginia.[3] He was a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from 1835 to 1841.[4]

Chapman was later elected a Democrat to the United States House of Representatives, serving two terms from 1843 to 1847.[5]

Chapman was a member of the Virginia Constitutional Convention from 1850 to 1851 and later returned to the House of Delegates from 1857 to 1861.[6]

At the outbreak of the Civil War, Chapman became a brigadier general of the Virginia Militia and as such took the field with his command in 1861.[7]

Later life[edit]

After the war, he resumed practicing law in his home town and engaged in agricultural pursuits.[8]


Augustus Alexandria Chapman died on June 7, 1876 in Hinton, West Virginia. He is interred at Green Hill Cemetery in Union, West Virginia.[9]

See also[edit]



  • Allardice, Bruce S. (1995). More Generals in Gray. Baton Rouge, LA: Louisiana State University Press. p. 287. ISBN 978-0-8071-3148-0. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Thomas W. Gilmer
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Virginia's 12th congressional district

March 4, 1843 – March 4, 1847 (obsolete district)
Succeeded by
William B. Preston