185- Oct. 13
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185- Oct. 13
Letter, 13 October 185-, sent from Andrew Grant Chapman (1839-1892) at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville to William A. Stewart (b. ca. 1826), a friend and attorney in Baltimore, Maryland. The letter concerns politics, abolitionism, a recent election possibly in Maryland, discontent between the north and south, and foreigners. The date on the letter has not been verified, but the letter likely was written during Chapman's days as a law student at the University of Virginia, 1858-1860
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Andrew Grant Chapman was the son of John Grant Chapman, a United States Representative from Maryland. He was born in La Plata, Charles County, Maryland, 17 January 1839. After being tutored at home he attended the Charlotte Hall Academy in St. Marys County, Maryland. He then attended St. JohnĘūs College in Annapolis and graduated in 1858. Chapman also earned a degree from the law department of the University of Virginia at Charlottesville in 1860. He then moved to Baltimore in 1860 at which time he was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in that city. In 1864 Chapman moved to Port Tobacco, Maryland and continued the practice of law. While there he also engaged in agricultural pursuits. He soon rose to prominence and entered politics. District voters elected him a member of the Maryland House of Delegates in 1867, 1868, 1870, 1872, 1879, and 1885. In 1874 Governor Groome appointed Chapman an aide and inspector with rank of brigadier general on his staff. He was reappointed to the same position by Governor Carroll. Chapman was elected as a Democrat to the Forty-seventh United States Congress (March 4, 1881-March 3, 1883) and was an unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1882 to the Forty-eighth Congress. Upon defeat he returned to La Plata and resumed the practice of law. In 1885 Chapman was appointed deputy collector of internal revenue and in 1888 collector. The same year Chapman also served as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. He died at his home, "Normandy," near La Plata, on 25 September 1892, and was interred in Mount Rest Cemetery in La Plata.
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