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NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



RG2974.AM:  Samuel M. Chapman, 1839-1907



Papers:  1866-1906

Plattsmouth, Cass County, Neb.:  Lawyer, judge, politician

Size:  5.5 cu. ft.; 10 reels of microfilm



BACKGROUND NOTE



Samuel M. Chapman was born in Blairsville, Indiana County, Pennsylvania, on October 28, 1839. He was the fifth of eight children born to Joseph Chapman and Elizabeth Pollack. Other children in the Chapman family were Thomas P., James P., John W., Jane, Joseph M. (Samuel’s twin brother), Mary H., and Washington H.



Samuel’s father was a farmer and in 1843 moved the family to Iowa Territory. Samuel grew to manhood near Burlington and later attended Yellow Springs College at Kossuth, Iowa. In April 1861, while in college, he enlisted in Company E, First Iowa Infantry serving three months. Completing his service he re-enlisted in Company K, Fourteenth Iowa Infantry, and served three years before returning to Iowa where he received his discharge.



In early 1865 Samuel came to Plattsmouth, Nebraska Territory. He studied law under Turner M. Marquett and was admitted to the bar on October 30, 1866. In March 1867 Chapman entered into law partnership with Samuel Maxwell. This relationship was terminated in 1873 when Maxwell moved to Fremont, Nebraska. (The Maxwell Papers are in the Nebraska State Historical Society, and also have been microfilmed under the auspices of the National Historical Publications Commission.) After 1873 Chapman was associated in Plattsmouth with a number of lawyers, including A L. Sprague, and Allan D. Beeson. Chapman served as a collector for eastern creditors, mainly farm machinery firms, for many years. In part the importance of his papers relate to this work. In addition Chapman’s correspondence reveals significant friendships with Nebraskans on a national and state level in matters relating to the Republican Party.



Chapman was an active member of the Republican Party. He served in the State Senate in 1875 ad 1877 and was chairman of the Judiciary Committee during both of these terms. In 1885 he was elected judge of the 2nd District and served in that capacity for ten years. In 1895 he returned to private practice and remained in Plattsmouth until his death on January 5, 1907.



Chapman was married twice. On October 14, 1869 he married Sarah E. Putnam, of Ludlow, Vermont. Four children were born to this union: Harriet E., Emeline, who died in infancy, Thomas P., and Sarah. His wife died on February 11, 1880. Samuel married Agnes D. Samson in June 1883. Children from this marriage were: Samuel M., Helen H., John R., Joseph, and Clement.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



This collection is arranged into six series. Series 1 through 3 consists of the papers of Chapman as they were arranged and microfilmed by the Nebraska State Historical Society under the auspices of the National Historical Publications Commission during the period from 1965 to 1967 (see Samuel Chapman (Guide to Microfilm)). Series 1 contains incoming correspondence, 1866-1903, Reels 1-8; Series 2 contains outgoing correspondence, 1872-1906, Reels 8-10; Series 3 contains miscellaneous material, 1899-1906, Reel 10. (Series 4 through 6 consists of unfilmed material of the Chapman collection): Series 4 consists of financial information, 1872-1902; Series 5 contains miscellany, 1872-1900; and Series 6 contains an index of correspondence, 1876-1903. For preservation purposes, researchers are asked to use the microfilm rather than the original documents whenever possible.



DESCRIPTION



Series 1 – Incoming Correspondence, 1866-1903



Box 1

Folder




  1. 1880-1903, Index to Correspondence

  2. 1866-1870

  3. 1871

  4. 1872, January-May

  5. 1872, June-December

  6. 1873, January-May



Box 2

Folder




  1. 1873, July-December

  2. 1874, January-March

  3. 1874, April-August

  4. 1874, September-December

  5. 1875, January-June



Box 3

Folder




  1. 1875, July-September

  2. 1875, October-December

  3. 1876, January-May

  4. 1876, June-December



Box 4

Folder




  1. 1877, January-July

  2. 1877, August-December

  3. 1878, January-February

  4. 1878, March-July

  5. 1878, August-December



Box 5

Folder




  1. 1879, January-July

  2. 1879, August-December

  3. 1880, January-March

  4. 1880, April-July

  5. 1880, August-December

  6. 1881, January-December

  7. 1882, January-December

  8. 1883, January-December

  9. 1884, January-December

  10. 1885, February-December

  11. 1886, January-December

  12. 1887, January-December



Box 6

Folder




  1. 1888, January-December

  2. 1889, January-May

  3. 1889, June-December

  4. 1890, January-December

  5. 1891, January-November

  6. 1892, January-October

  7. 1893, May-December

  8. 1894, January-December

  9. 1895, January-December

  10. 1896, January-April



Box 7

Folder




  1. 1896, May-September

  2. 1896, October-December

  3. 1897, January-February

  4. 1897, March-November

  5. 1898, January-December

  6. 1899, January-March

  7. 1899, April-September

  8. 1900, January-July

  9. 1900, August-December



Box 8

Folder




  1. 1901, January-June

  2. 1901, July-November

  3. 1902, January-July

  4. 1902, August-December

  5. 1903, January-May

  6. 1903, June-October

  7. Undated

  8. Undated



Series 2 – Outgoing Correspondence, 1872-1906



Box 9

Folder




  1. 1872-1900

  2. 1900-1905

  3. 1894-1896 (unbound letter press)

  4. 1880-1882 (Press Copy Book)

  5. 1897-1898 (Press Copy Book)



Box 10

Folder




  1. 1899-1902 (Press Copy Book)

  2. 1904 (Press Copy Book)

  3. 1904-1906 (Press Copy Book)



Series 3 – Miscellaneous Material




  1. 1872-1906, Miscellany: Includes circular letters, legal briefs, depositions and leases



Series 4 – Financial File (not on microfilm)



Box 11

Folder




  1. 1872-1900, Includes receipts, bills, checks and promissory notes

  2. 1872-1900, Includes receipts, bills, checks and promissory notes



Series 5 – Miscellany (not on microfilm)




  1. 1872-1906, Includes circular letters, advertisements, autograph books and organizational literature



Series 6 – Index of Correspondence (not on microfilm)




  1. 1876-1903, Index of incoming correspondence



 



ADDED ENTRIES:



Agriculture — Economic aspects

Boyd, James E., 1834-1906

Burlington and Missouri River Railroad Company

Chapman, Samuel M., 1839-1907

Crounse, Lorenzo, 1834-1909

Dawes, James William, 1844-1918

Garber, Silas, 1833-1905

Grand Army of the Republic

Lawyers — Nebraska

Manderson, Charles Frederick, 1837-1911

Maxwell, Samuel, 1825-1901

McShane, John A., 1850-1923

Missouri-Pacific Railway Company

Morton, Julius Sterling, 1832-1902

Paddock, Algernon Sidney, 1830-1897

Pensions — Military

Pound, Roscoe, 1870-1964

Saunders, Alvin, 1817-1899

Thayer, John Milton, 1820-1906

Van Wyck, Charles Henry, 1824-1895

Weaver, Arthur J., 1873-1945



 



DJR/ab   01-26-1967

KFK/dco   09-11-2003

Encoded TMM   03-10-2010