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CHAPMAN, Reuben, governor of Alabama, born in Randolph County, Virginia, 15 July, 1799; died in Huntsville, Alabama, 17 May, 1882. He received an academic education in Virginia, and then removed to Alabama, settling in Somerville, Morgan County, where he practiced law. For many years he was a member of the state legislature, and subsequently was elected as a democrat to congress, serving continuously from 7 December, 1835, till 3 March, 1847. He was then elected governor of his state, and held that office until 1849, after which he retired to private life in Huntsville. But for many years he continued to be consulted on all matters of political importance, and was a delegate to the national democratic conventions of Cincinnati in 1856, of Charleston in 1860, and of New York in 1868.
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