Arthur Chapman was born
in Clay County, Missouri, December 30, 1863. His parents removed
to Kansas City in 1866, at that time little more than a village.
Mr. Chapman went to the public schools and finished at Central High
School. In the evenings he carried papers -the first published
in Kansas City- and after he was graduated entered the employ of the
telephone company as a "hello girl."
After that he went into the employ of the
Kansas City, Fort Scott & Memphis Railroad, and it was not long
before he was holding the position of chief clerk in the paymaster's
office of the Southern Kansas
Quitting the railroad business, Mr. Chapman
was appointed Deputy Recorder of Deeds, and served a term as Secretary
of the Board of Health. He also worked for a while in the City
In 1899 he entered the mercantile business,
in which he is now engaged. Mr. Chapman has always been a
Democrat, and receiving the Democratic nomination for Representative
from the Seventh District in 1902, was elected by a large
majority. He married Miss Jessie Wallace in 1886, and has four
children, Wallace, Josephine, Ella, and Clifford.