Biography of De Witt C. Chapin
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De Witt C. Chapin came to De Witt with his father, Theodore H. Chapin, in 1840, and commenced the practice of law, He was admitted to the bar and practiced in New York State before coming to Michigan. He was elected county clerk in 1842, and served two years. Soon afterwards he removed to Ionia County, where he lived a year or two, and moved to Allegan County. In 1848 he was elected judge of probate of that county, and served in that office four years. He served as prosecuting attorney in 1851 and 1852. Returning to Clinton County, he was again elected county clerk in 1856, and re-elected in 1858 and 1860. Upon his retirement from this office he re- moved to Gratiot County, where he was elected register of deeds. He died about 1874. He was not a profound lawyer, but was an excellent pleader before a jury.


From:
History of Shiawassee and Clinton Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Their Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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