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Alfred Beck Chapman
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Birth: Sep. 6, 1829
Hale County
Alabama, USA
Death: Jan. 16, 1915
San Gabriel
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Alfred Beck Chapman, Lawyer and real estate developer was born September 6, 1829 in Greensboro, Alabama. Chapman graduated 29th in his class at West Point in 1854. Upon graduation from West Point, Chapman was assigned to the First Regiment of Dragoons in Florida. His various postings eventually brought him in the late 1850s to California. Chapman resigned from the army in 1859, having achieved the rank of major, and married Mary Scott, daughter of a prominent Los Angeles attorney. He studied law with her father, Jonathan R. Scott and was admitted to the bar in California. In 1863 Chapman became city attorney of Los Angeles, and in 1868 he was elected district attorney of Los Angeles County. He went into partnership with a boyhood friend, Andrew Glassell (first president of the Los Angeles Bar Association) when the latter arrived in 1866. Col. George H. Smith, a former Confederate Army officer and brother-in-law of Glassell, later joined the firm. Chapman and Glassell are best known in Orange County for being founders of Orange, California. Their law practice was confined chiefly to real estate transactions and they made their fortunes by handling the large partition suits. Chapman was the businessman of the firm. He would take his compensation in land, and nearly every final decree in partition would find that Glassell & Chapman had acquired acreage. He joined with one of his partners, Andrew Glassell, to develop a new community, Richland, which would eventually be named Orange. They hired the land surveyor, Frank Lecouvrier of Los Angeles to map this tract, to which they gave the name Richland Farm District. Richland was the name of the Virginia plantation owned by the father of Andrew Glassell in the 1830s. Chapman continued to practice law until 1880. After retirement he devoted full time to managing his 700-acre rancho in the upper San Gabriel valley, a portion of the Santa Anita grant, and became involved in citrus production. Chapman died at his residence on January 16, 1915.
San Gabriel Cemetery
San Gabriel
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Created by: Edwin Lewis
Record added: May 28, 2007
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Alfred Beck Chapman
Added by: Edwin Lewis
Alfred Beck Chapman
Added by: Edwin Lewis
Alfred Beck Chapman
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- Bruce Nuckowski
 Added: Jan. 19, 2015

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