Augustus A. Chapman

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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 byThomas W. Gilmer
Succeeded byWilliam B. Preston
Member of the Virginia House of Delegates from Monroe County
In office
December 7, 1857 – December 2, 1861
Preceded byAlexander D. Haynes
Succeeded byJohn M. Rowan
In office
December 2, 1839 – December 6, 1841
Preceded byJames A. Dunlap
Succeeded byAllen T. Caperton
In office
December 7, 1835 – January 7, 1839
Preceded byHenry Alexander
Succeeded byJames A. Dunlap
Personal details
Born(1805-03-09)March 9, 1805
Union, Virginia, U.S.
(now West Virginia)
DiedJune 7, 1876(1876-06-07) (aged 71)
Hinton, West Virginia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
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]



  • "Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1774 - Present". United States Congress. Retrieved January 1, 2016.

External links[edit]

U.S. 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