CHAPIN, Alfred Clark (1848-1936)

CHAPIN, ALFRED CLARK, (grandfather of Hamilton Fish, Jr., [1926- ]), a Representative from New York; born in South Hadley, Hampshire County, Mass., March 8, 1848; resided in Springfield, Mass., in Keene, N.H., and in Rutland, Vt.; attended the public and private schools; was graduated from Williams College, Williamstown, Mass., in 1869 and from Harvard Law School in 1871; was admitted to the bar in 1872 and commenced practice in New York City with residence in Brooklyn, N.Y.; member of the State assembly in 1882 and 1883, serving as speaker in the latter year; State comptroller 1884-1887; mayor of Brooklyn 1888-1891; elected as a Democrat to the Fifty-second Congress to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of David A. Boody and served from November 3, 1891, to November 16, 1892, when he resigned; served as railroad commissioner of New York State 1892-1897; continued the practice of law and was also financially interested in various enterprises; died while on a visit in Montreal, Canada, October 2, 1936; interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, the Bronx, New York City.

University of Virginia
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: 1920, 1 item.
A letter from Alfred Clark Chapin to the president of Williams College written on February 19, 1920. In the letter, Alfred Chapin discusses in detail the death of Byron Johnson Rees.


Williams College
Archives and Special Collections
Williamstown, MA
Papers: In the Harry A. Garfield Board of Trustees Records, 1908-1934, 8.5 linear feet.
The Alfred Clark Chapin subseries deals primarily with the building of Grace (now Chapin) Hall, donation of his rare books, and the opening of the Chapin Library.

  • Osborne, Lucy Eugenia. Alfred Clark Chapin, March 8, 1848-October 2, 1936. [Portland, Maine]: Privately printed, 1937.