Chipman, Norton Parker was born on March 7, 1838 in Milford, Ohio, United States. Son of Norman and Sarah Wilson (Parker) Chipman.
Preparatory education, Washington College and Mount Pleasant Academy, Iowa. Bachelor of Laws, Cincinnati Law School, 1859.
Began practice at Washington, Iowa, 1859. Lieutenant Company H, and adjunct 2d Iowa Infantry, 1861. Commissioned major, September 23, 1861.
Colonel and a.a.d.c., April 17, 1862, staff of Major General Samuel R. Curtis. Brigadier general vols., March 13, 1865, “for meritorious service in Bureau of Military Justice”. Honorary mustered out, November 30, 1865, and resumed practice of law.
Appointed secretary District of Columbia, 1871 (resigned and elected). Delegate to Congress from District of Columbia, 1871-1875. Removed to California, 1875, and engaged in law practice.
Commissioner Supreme Court of the California, 1897-1905. Appointed presdg. justice District Court of Appeals, 3d District, San Francisco, 1905, and elected to same office, November 1906. President California State Board of Trade.