Biography of Burton B. Chapman
Cuyahoga County, OH Biographies

BURTON BARD CHAPMAN, the president and general manager of the Webber Company, general contractors in the City of Cleveland, was born on North Bass Island, Ottawa County, Ohio, on the 30th of March, 1868, and is a son of Charles M. and Amanda (Bard) Chapman.

Charles M. Chapman was born at Sandusky, Ohio, in December, 1840, and his father, William K Chapman, was born in Connecticut, a. representative of a family that came from England to America in the Colonial period of our national history. Charles M. Chapman was for many years one of the prominent and successful contractors in the City of Sandusky, where he is now living retired. His wife was born in Lake County, this state, in 1842, and her death occurred in 1888. She was a daughter of James Bard, who was long a captain of vessels plying the Great Lakes and who was a descendant of a sterling old Connecticut colonial family of English origin.

The public schools of Sandusky afforded Burton B. Chapman his early education, which was supplemented by his attending the Ohio Normal School at Milan. As a youth he worked effectively in association with his father's contracting business, and thereafter he was for a number of years a sailor on the Great Lakes. While thus engaged in navigation service he established his home in Cleveland, and after retiring from the lakes he here became associated with the contracting business of B. T. Webber. When in 1904 the business was reorganized by the formation and incorporation of the Webber Company, he became general manager of the concern, four years later having recorded his assumption also of the office of president of the company. This is now one of the large and important contracting concerns of the Ohio metropolis, with well equipped business plant and offices at 1609-23 West Twenty fifth Street. Mr. Chapman is also a director of the City Investment Company. He is an active and valued member of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce and the Cleveland Chamber of Industry, holds membership in the Cleveland Yacht Club and the Cleveland Athletic Club, and in the time honored Masonic fraternity he has completed the circle of each the York and the Scottish Rites, in the latter of which he has received the thirty second degree, besides being a noble of Al Koran Temple of the Mystic Shrine.

Mr. Chapman wedded Miss Flo A. Ryan, who was born at Zanesville, Ohio, a daughter of the late John F. and Anelia (North) Ryan, both of whom were born in Muskingum County. this state. Mr. and Mrs. Chapman have one daughter, Ruth Iva, and the attractive family home is at Avon Lake, Stop 70 on the Lake Shore Electric Railway line.

A History of Cuyahoga County
and the City of Cleveland
By: William R. Coates
The American Historical Society
Chicago and New York, 1924

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