Collection of the U.S. House of Representatives
CHAPPELL, William Venroe, Jr. (1922-1989)

CHAPPELL, WILLIAM VENROE, JR., a Representative from Florida; born in Kendrick, Marion County, Fla., February 3, 1922; University of Florida, B.A., 1947, LL.B., 1949, and J.D., 1967; served in the United States Navy, aviator, 1942-1946; retired as a captain from United States Naval Reserve in 1983; Marion County prosecuting attorney, 1950-1954; elected to Florida house of representatives, 1954-1964, speaker, 1961-1963; did not seek reelection in 1964 but was elected again in 1966; member, law firm of Chappell & Rowland, Ocala, Fla.; elected as a Democrat to the Ninety-first and to the nine succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1969-January 3, 1989); unsuccessful candidate for reelection in 1988 to the One Hundred First Congress; was a resident of Ocala, Fla., until his death in Bethesda, Md., on March 30, 1989; interment in Kendrick Memorial Gardens, Ocala, Marion County, Fla.

University of Florida
P.K. Yonge Library of Florida History
Gainesville, FL
Papers: ca. 1969-1989, 25 linear feet.
The collection documents William Chappell's tenure in Congress beginning with the 91st Congress and running through the 100th Congress. Chappell represented the Florida 4th District which then comprised Flagler, St. Johns, Clay, Putnam, Volusia, and Marion counties, as well as parts of Duval, Lake, and Seminole counties. The collection consists of files on pending legislation, committee records, constituent mail, press releases and public statements, speeches and remarks, photographs, and biographical materials. There is also a small amount of audiovisual material. A finding aid is available in the repository and online.

  • Ralph Nader Congress Project. Citizens Look at Congress: Bill Chappell, Jr., Democratic Representative from Florida. Washington, D. C.: Grossman Publishers, 1972.