CHAPIN, CHESTER WILLIAM, a Representative from Massachusetts; born in Ludlow, Mass., December 16, 1798;
attended the common schools and Westfield Academy, Westfield, Mass.; engaged in mercantile
pursuits; mail contractor, running post coaches and steamboats; member of the constitutional
convention of Massachusetts in 1853; president and director of the Western Railroad Corporation
1854-1867; president of the Boston & Albany Railroad Co. 1868-1878, and one of the directors
1868-1880; elected as a Democrat to the Forty-fourth Congress (March 4, 1875-March 3, 1877);
unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1876 to the Forty-fifth Congress; died in Springfield, Hampden
County, Mass., on June 10, 1883; interment in Springfield Cemetery.