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Arthur Chapman

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 Railroad.

     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 Engineer's office.

     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.
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