Biography of Edward T. Chapman
Bristol County, MA Biographies

Chapman, Edward Thurston, cigar and tobacco merchant, is the son of Alfred M. and Caroline F. (Dunham) Chapman, and was born in New Bedford, Mass., April 30, 1845. Alfred M. Chapman was born in New York city in 1818, came to New Bedford about 1835, and learned the sailmaker's trade. In 1839 he shipped on a whaling vessel and made one voyage. On his return he engaged in manufacturing sails and continued in that business until about 1887, first as a partner of Captain Hunt, afterward as a member of the firm of Chapman & Taber, and latterly as the senior partner of the firm of Chapman & Shurtleff. Mr. Chapman was first assistant engineer of the fire department and was one of the organizers of the Firemen's Mutual Aid Association, which he served as treasurer for several years. He died May 22, 1891, aged seventy three. Edward T. Chapman was educated in the New Bedford public and high schools, which he left in 1862 to enlist in Co. E, 3d Mass. Vols., City Guards, for nine months. In 1864 he re enlisted in Co. E, 58th Mass. Vols., and served at the front until June 2, 1864, when, at Cold Harbor, he received a severe wound which caused the loss of his left arm. He was honorably discharged from the hospital at Reedville, Mass., in 1865, with the rank of sergeant. Mr. Chapman was promoted second lieutenant and acted in that capacity during Grant's Virginia campaign, but never received his commission. Since 1867 he has been engaged in the wholesale and retail tobacco and cigar business in his native city. He is. the oldest dealer in tobacco, cigars and smokers' articles in New Bedford, and has occupied his present store, corner of William street and Acushnet avenue since 1887. He is a member of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Boston, the City Guards Association of New Bedford, Post 1, G. A. R., the Veteran Firemen's Association, and the Elks, Red Men, Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias, and was aidede camp on General Fairchild's staff, G. A. R. September 13, 1868, he married Elnora D., daughter of Salisbury F. Brown of Westport, Mass., and they have one son, Harry M., born January 5, 1870, who is associated with his father in business.

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Bristol County, Massachusetts
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