Jesse A. Chappell, who is manager of the Washington Fidelity National Insurance Company, with offices at 55
East State Street, has had a number of years experience in the insurance business and is a representative citizen
of Columbus. He was born in Harrison County, Indiana, December 22, 1890, the son of John A. and Anna (Rogers) Chappell.
The Chappell family originally came from France. Jesse A. Chappell, grandfather of the subject of this sketch,
served throughout the Civil War, and was an early settler of Harrison County, Indiana. He was a native of Illinois
and married Emily Chappell, who lived to be ninety eight years of age. William Rogers, maternal grandfather of
the subject of this sketch, was also a Civil War veteran.
John A. Chappell was born on a farm in Harrison County, Indiana, where he still resides. He is a Republican and
has held the office of sheriff and constable. He is a member of the Methodist Church. Anna (Rogers) Chappell is
also a native of Harrison County, Indiana. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Chappell are: Oscar B., lives at Sioux
City, Iowa; Gertrude, who died at the age of five years; Mary E., married W. D. Davis, lives at Louisville, Kentucky;
Jesse A., the subject of this sketch; William E., lives at Louisville, Kentucky; Charles E., lives at Louisville,
Kentucky; Walter E., who died in 1914; Claude, lives at Louisville, Kentucky; and Lucy, who died at the age of
Jesse A. Chappell was educated in the public and high schools of Harrison County, Indiana, and attended Bryant
& Stratton Business College, Louisville, Kentucky. He was employed in Louisville for five years and in March,
1916, became associated with the Prudential Life Insurance Company as an agent. Five years later he went with the
Tennessee National Insurance Company and in July, 1923, became identified with the Fidelity National Insurance
Company. In 1925 Mr. Chappell became field superintendent, and the following year was made manager of the newly
organized Washington Fidelity National Insurance Company. He came to Columbus in June, 1928, to succeed B. A. Truchon,
who was transferred to Cleveland as manager. They are specialists in life insurance.
On March 12, 1912, Mr. Chappell married Miss Anna Alford, of Louisville, Kentucky, the daughter of Riebe and Mary
(Mackey) Alford. The former is deceased and the latter lives at Louisville. To Mr. and Mrs. Chappell have been
born two children: Alma May, born August 6, 1913, a graduate of South High School, Columbus, class of 1930; and
Jesse A., Jr., born February 1, 1917.
Mr. Chappell is a Republican, and a member of the South High Street Baptist Church, of which he is superintendent
of Sunday Schools. He is affiliated with Shawnee Lodge, No. 830, Free and Accepted Masons.
History of Franklin County, Ohio
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka - Indianapolis 1930
Franklin County, OH
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