|Birth: ||Mar. 19, 1900, USA|
|Death: ||Jul., 1966, Italy|
Frank was born March 19, 1900 and was an only child. His first wife was the daughter of Funnyman Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb, Elisabeth Cobb. They were engaged in 1923 and divorced about 1930. There was one daughter, Patricia, born before 1927, from the marriage.
Frank married Gladys Swarthout in Englewood, New Jersey, on May 9, 1932, two years after they were introduced by her sister, Roma, in an opera house in Florence, Italy. He was a gifted singer in his own right, his rich baritone matching well with Gladys. In her own words, "A fine singer himself, he seemed to be more interested in helping and giving faith to others. I have been one of the fortunate ones that he has helped. Whenever I have hit a stumbling block, he's been there to give me strength and to renew my confidence."
Attending Princeton, he left college early to serve in the Marine Corps in France during World War I in the same company with James Joseph ("Gene") Tunney. Back at Princeton after the War, having a deeper voice than most of the boys and a fine stage scowl, he sang villain parts in Triangle Club shows. Mr. Chapman, who was a graduate of Princeton, Class of 1922, was also a distinguished operatic baritone.
Mr. Chapman served as his wife's agent, approving contracts and appearances throughout her life. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II.
They maintained a home on a farm in Connecticut and an apartment in New York City before they moved to Italy in the 1960's. Frank died in July of 1966.
Frank Michler Chapman (1864 - 1945)
Gladys Swarthout (1900 - 1969)
New Jersey, USA
Plot: East Side 110
Created by: Mark Swarthout
Record added: Dec 16, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 82030584