Jesse Grant Chapline

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Jesse Grant Chapline
Born (1870-01-13)13 January 1870
Waverly, Missouri
Died 4 July 1937(1937-07-04) (aged 67)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality American
Occupation Educator
Known for Founded La Salle Extension University

Jesse Grant Chapline (13 January 1870 – 4 July 1937) was an American educator and politician who founded distance learning facility La Salle Extension University (LSEU) in Chicago.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Born in Waverly, Missouri, he graduated from Saint Louis College. He founded LSEU in 1908.[3] Chapline hired Napoleon Hill as LSEU advertising manager and is acknowledged as an inspiration in Hill's best-seller Think and Grow Rich.[4]

He served as director of the Commercial Research Association, manager of John Wanamaker's Century Club in Philadelphia, and as president of the Associated Publishing Company. Chapline died in Chicago, Illinois.[5][6]


  1. ^ Bishop, Glenn A. and Paul Thomas Gilbert Chicago's accomplishments and leaders. Bishop Pub. Co., 1932
  2. ^ Herringshaw, Mae Felts (1919). Herringshaw's City Blue Book of Biography: Chicagoans of 1919. Clark J. Herringshaw Pub. Co.
  3. ^ Press Club of Chicago (1922). Official reference book.
  4. ^ Hill, Napoleon (1937). Think and Grow Rich. Wilder Publications, ISBN 978-1-60459-187-3
  5. ^ Staff report (July 3, 1937). Jesse G. Chapline, Noted Educator, Dies Suddenly. Chicago Tribune
  6. ^ Staff report (July 6, 1937). Jesse G. Chapline; Head of the La Salle Extension University Dies in Chicago. New York Times