John Chamberlin

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John F. Chamberlin (1837-August 23, 1896) was a renowned American chef and restaurateur in the last quarter of the 19th century.[1][2][3]


"Chamberlin's" restaurant in Washington, D.C., located on the southeast corner of 15th and I Street NW, was considered one of best and most expensive in the city. His lead chef Emeline Jones, an emancipated slave, was considered among the best chefs of her day.[4][5][6] The restaurant was part of Chamerlin's hotel which took up three houses, which had previously been owned by Fernando Wood, Thomas Swann, and James G. Blaine.[7][8]

Chamberlin also opened in April 1896 the "Hotel Chamberlin" on Old Point Comfort in Hampton, Virginia. It was a popular resort for the wealthy until consumed by a fire in 1920. A new Hotel Chamberlin opened in 1928, but was unable to capture the same level of glory is its predecessor. It remains in operation today as both a retirement community and hotel called "The Chamberlin".[9]

Chamberlin was born in Lansingburgh, New York (now part of Troy), and lived in New York City where he engaged in a number of businesses, and then moved in the 1870s to Washington. He opened "Chamberlin's" in 1880.[6]

Chamberlin died in Saratoga Springs, New York in 1896,[10][11] but his Washington restaurant remained in operation under 1906.[6]