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CHAPMAN, George Thomas, clergyman, born in Pilton, Devonshire, England, 21 September, 1786; died in Newburyport, Massachusetts, 18 October, 1872. He came to the United States in 1795, and was graduated at Dartmouth in 1804. Settling in Bucksport, Maine, he practiced law until 1815; but meanwhile he studied theology, and was ordained in the Episcopal church in January, 1818. From 1820 till 1830 he was rector of Christ church, Lexington, Kentucky, and among his parishioners was Henry Clay, with whom he formed a life-long friendship. He subsequently had charge of parishes in Portland, Maine, Newark and Belleville, New Jersey, Pittsfield and New-buryport, Massachusetts. From 1825 till 1827, while in Lexington, he filled the chair of history and antiquities in the Transylvania University, from which he received the degree of D.D. in 1824. Dr. Chapman published "Sermons to Presbyterians," "Sermons on Doctrines of the Episcopal Church" (1828 ; 3d ed., 1844), and "Sketches of the Alumni of Dartmouth College" (Cambridge, 1867).
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