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Alger Baldwin Chapman was an attorney, businessman, New York state official, and adviser to New York Governor Thomas Dewey.

Background

Chapman, Alger Baldwin was born on November 2, 1904 in Hempstead, Long Island, New York, United States. Son of Hannibal Hamlin and Lotta Lulia (Proctor) Chapman.

Education

Bachelor of Laws, Columbia, 1930. Doctor of Laws, Adelphi College, 1957, St. Lawrence University, 1964. D.Pub. Service, Brigham Young U., 1968.

Career

Chapman was involved in Republican politics in New York, and managed several campaigns in the state. After a brief stint of public service, he became a partner in a New York law firm. In 1945, Dewey appointed him to the tax commission, a position from which he resigned to run Dewey's 1946 reelection bid, and to which he was reappointed by the reelected governor.

Chapman was the New York manager for Dewey's unsuccessful presidential bid, and remained involved in Republican politics until the age of 70. After leaving state government in the early 1950s, he entered the corporate world, heading one corporation and holding directorships in others. He died in 1983. firm of Alvord & Alvord.

In 1939, he was put in charge of its New York office. In 1945, Governor Dewey named Chapman State Tax Commissioner. Dewey and Chapman had met only briefly, but after inquiry, Governor Dewey learned that Chapman was eminently qualified for the job, if he was willing to take it.

When, the following year, Governor Dewey named Chapman to a highway commission, he was so impressed at how smoothly the meeting had gone that he appointed Chapman, who had no political experience., as his campaign manager in 1946. Chapman resigned from his tax post to manage Dewey's successful campaign, and the newly reelected governor reappointed him after the election, and he served in that position until he resigned in 1948 to return to the law. Chapman followed up his success by acting as the New York manager for Dewey's 1948 Presidential bid, and succeeded in garnering New York's 47 electoral votes for Dewey, though the ticket was defeated nationwide.

He served as state treasurer for the Republicans from 1949 to 1959, and would serve on its finance committee in 1974. Chapman remained a director of Squibb after the merger, and also served as a director of ABC, the Bowery Savings Bank and the Bank of New York. He was involved in civic activities, for nine years chairing the board of trustees of Adelphi University and was also involved with the YMCA and the Police Athletic League.

He died in 1983 in New York City.

Membership

Member American, New York State bar associations (Sigma Phi.). Clubs: Metropolitan (New York City).

Connections

Married Elizabeth Ives, August 20, 1929 (deceased).; married Catherine C. Hubbard. Children: Alger, Carol, William (deceased), Hilda.

father:
Hannibal Hamlin Chapman

mother:
Lotta Lulia (Proctor) Chapman

spouse:
Catherine C. Hubbard.

spouse:
Elizabeth Ives

child:
Carol Chapman

child:
Hilda Chapman

child:
Alger Chapman

child:
William Chapman (deceased)