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A. L. Chapman

A. L. Chapman was born in Washington County, Pennsylvania, June 4, 1825.  His father, a large land-owner and wool-grower, was a pioneer Pennsylvanian, tracing his descent from the Chapmans and Loudons of Ireland, while his mother was a daughter of the immortal Thomas Campbell, and a sister of Alexander Campbell, founder of the Christian Church.

     The subject of this sketch received his early education in a select school at home, but in 1844 entered Bethany College, graduating in 1849, having spent a year in the study of Hebrew in addition to the regular classical course.  He then made a tour of the Southern States, and in 1851 was made president of the Rockford Masonic college in Alabama, where he remained two years, resigning in 1853 to enter a medical school in Charleston, S. C. 

Returning home in company with his brother, Campbell Chapman, also a physician, he came to Missouri, locating in St. Louis, where he completed his medical studies.  He practiced for ten years in Clay County, and in 1868 he removed to Kansas City, where he has ever since been.  In 1882 he retired from active practice, and commenced the publication of the New Medical Era and Sanitarian.  His vigorous pen made it famous the world over, but ill health compelled its cessation.  Dr. Chapman then journeyed to Europe, and put himself under the care of the late Rudolph Virchow.

Dr. Chapman was married to Miss Frances Mosby while practicing in Clay County and they have reared a family of four boys.
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