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William Williams Chapman

Birthplace: Clarksburg, Harrison, West Virginia, USA
Death: Died in Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, USA
Place of Burial: Oregon, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Chapman and Sarah Chapman
Husband of Margaret Fee Chapman
Father of Thomas Chapman; Arthur Inghram Chapman; James Grimes Chapman and Sarah Eveline Marye

Managed by: Linda Kathleen Thompson, (c)
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About William Williams Chapman


William Williams Chapman (August 11, 1808 – October 18, 1892) was an American politician and lawyer in Oregon and Iowa. He was born and raised in Virginia. He served as a United States Attorney in Iowa when it was part of the Michigan and Wisconsin territories, and then represented the Iowa Territory in the United States House of Representatives. He later immigrated to the Oregon Country, where he served in the Oregon Territorial Legislature.

After settling in Portland, he helped to found The Oregonian newspaper and promoted economic interests in the city. He also was involved with building Canyon Road near Portland, and fought in the Rogue River War in Oregon. In later years, he served in the Oregon Legislative Assembly and promoted the expansion of railroads from Portland. Chapman Square, a park in downtown Portland, is named for him and was built on land he sold to the city.

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William Williams Chapman's Timeline

August 11, 1808
Clarksburg, Harrison, West Virginia, USA
January 9, 1836
Age 27
January 19, 1838
Age 29
March 23, 1840
Age 31
October 18, 1892
Age 84
Portland, Multnomah, Oregon, USA
Oregon, USA