Biography of Chapman Johnson
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Johnson, Chapman, was born in Louisa county, Virginia, March 12, 1779. His collegiate education was received at the College of William and Mary, where he graduated in 1802. Under St. George Tucker he followed law study until admitted to the Virginia bar, and then established a practice in Staunton, Virginia, where he soon became well known for his legal ability, and for striking eloquence as an orator. His practice was after 1824 conducted in Richmond, and there became one of the most extensive in the state. Mr. Johnson enlisted in the war of 1812. as captain of a volunteer company. becoming later an aide on the staff of General James Breckinridge. He was a member of the Virginia senate from 1815 to 1831, and a member of the Virginia convention of 1829. He was one of the board of visitors of the University of Virginia from 1819 to 1845. He died in Richmond, July 12, 1849. He was a son of Thomas Johnson. of Louisa county. and Jane Chapman, his wife.

Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
Volume II
By: Lyon Gardiner Tyler, LL. D.
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
New York 1915

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