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Reuben Chapman
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Governor of Alabama Reuben Chapman
13th Governor of Alabama
In office
December 16, 1847 – December 17, 1849
Preceded byJoshua L. Martin
Succeeded byHenry W. Collier
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 6th district
In office
March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1847
Preceded byDistrict inactive
Succeeded byWilliamson Robert Winfield Cobb
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's at-large district
In office
March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1843
Preceded byDistrict inactive
Succeeded byDistrict inactive
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Alabama's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1835 – March 3, 1841
Preceded byClement Comer Clay
Succeeded byDistrict inactive
Personal details
Born(1799-07-15)July 15, 1799
Bowling Green, Virginia, U.S.
DiedMay 17, 1882(1882-05-17) (aged 82)
Huntsville, Alabama, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic

Reuben Chapman (July 15, 1799 – May 17, 1882) was an American lawyer and politician.


Born on July 15, 1799, in Bowling Green, Virginia, he moved to Alabama in 1824, where he established a law practice. He represented Alabama in the U.S. House of Representatives from March 4, 1835, to March 3, 1847, and served as the 13th Governor of the U.S. state of Alabama from 1847 to 1849. He died in Huntsville, Alabama on May 17, 1882. While a member of the House of Representatives he had a very contentious relationship with the French ambassador, Louis Adolphe Aimé Fourier, comte de Bacourt. In 1844 the ambassador had made remarks towards him and Virginia congressman George W. Hopkins, and Chapman challenged Louis Adolphe Aimé Fourier, comte de Bacourt to a duel, however, the French ambassador backed down. That same year the French ambassador also offended Virginia congressman Lewis Steenrod, though it is unknown precisely what words were exchanged. Chapman and Hopkins grew so hostile towards the French ambassador that eventually in 1846 President James K. Polk asked the French government to send Monsieur Fourier home and select a new ambassador to the United States.[1]


  1. ^ Governor Reuben Chapman by Thomas McAdory Owen · 1921


Party political offices Preceded byNathaniel Terry Democratic nominee for Governor of Alabama 1847 Succeeded byHenry W. Collier U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byClement Comer Clay Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Alabama's 1st congressional district March 4, 1835 – March 3, 1841 Succeeded byDistrict inactive Preceded byDistrict inactive Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Alabama's at-large congressional district March 4, 1841 – March 3, 1843 Succeeded byDistrict inactive Preceded byDistrict created Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Alabama's 6th congressional district March 4, 1843 – March 3, 1847 Succeeded byWilliamson Robert Winfield Cobb Political offices Preceded byJoshua L. Martin Governor of Alabama 1847–1849 Succeeded byHenry W. Collier