Robert F. Chapman

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Robert F. Chapman
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
In office
May 31, 1991 – April 18, 2018
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
In office
September 19, 1981 – May 31, 1991
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Clement Haynsworth
Succeeded by Karen J. Williams
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
In office
May 27, 1971 – October 2, 1981
Appointed by Richard Nixon
Preceded by Seat established by 84 Stat. 294
Succeeded by Clyde H. Hamilton
Chairman of the South Carolina
Republican Party
In office
1962–1963
Preceded by Greg Shorey
Succeeded by Drake Edens
Personal details
Born Robert Foster Chapman
(1926-04-24)April 24, 1926
Inman, South Carolina, U.S.
Died April 18, 2018(2018-04-18) (aged 91)
Spartanburg, South Carolina, U.S.
Political party Republican
Education University of South Carolina (B.S.)
University of South Carolina School of Law (LL.B.)

Robert Foster Chapman (April 24, 1926[1] – April 18, 2018) was a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Inman, South Carolina, Chapman was an ensign in the United States Navy during World War II, from 1943 to 1946.[2] He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Carolina in 1945, and a Bachelor of Laws from University of South Carolina School of Law in 1949. He was in private practice in Spartanburg, South Carolina from 1949 to 1951, then returned to the United States Navy as a lieutenant from 1951 to 1953 before returning to private practice in Spartanburg until 1971. Chapman served as chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party from 1962 to 1963.[2]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On May 18, 1971, Chapman was nominated by President Richard Nixon to a new seat on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina created by 84 Stat. 294. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 26, 1971, and received his commission on May 27, 1971. His service terminated on October 2, 1981, due to elevation to the Fourth Circuit.[2]

Chapman was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on July 16, 1981, to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit vacated by Judge Clement Haynsworth. Chapman was confirmed by the Senate on September 16, 1981, receiving his commission on September 19, 1981. He assumed senior status on May 31, 1991, after which his seat was filled by Karen J. Williams.[2] His service terminated on April 18, 2018, upon his death.[3]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 84 Stat. 294
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
1971–1981
Succeeded by
Clyde H. Hamilton
Preceded by
Clement Haynsworth
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
1981–1991
Succeeded by
Karen J. Williams