|Member of the United States House of Representatives|
January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1989
|Preceded by||Syd Herlong|
|Succeeded by||Craig James|
|Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives|
April 4, 1961 – November 9, 1962
|Preceded by||Tom Beasley|
|Succeeded by||Mallory Horne|
|Member of the Florida House of Representatives|
November 2, 1954 – November 3, 1964
|Preceded by||C. Farris Bryant|
|Succeeded by||William G. O'Neill|
November 8, 1966 – November 5, 1968
|Preceded by||William G. O'Neill|
|Succeeded by||Buddy MacKay|
|Constituency||Citrus, Hernando, Marion, and Sumter Counties (1966–67)|
30th district (1967–68)
|Born||February 3, 1922|
|Died||March 30, 1989 (aged 67)|
|Spouse(s)||Jeane Brown Chappell|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Years of service||1942–1946 (USN)|
Early life, education and military service[edit | edit source]
Born in Kendrick, Florida, Chappell graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts in 1947, a Bachelor of Laws in 1949, and a Juris Doctor in 1967.
Legal career and government service[edit | edit source]
Chappell began his legal career as a prosecuting attorney in Marion County from 1950 to 1954. He later was a member of the law firm of Chappell and Rowland in Ocala.
Chappell represented Marion County in the Florida House of Representatives from 1954 to 1964, and served as Speaker of the House from 1961 to 1963. He did not seek reelection in 1964 but was elected again in 1966 from a district encompassing Marion, Citrus, Hernando, and Sumter Counties.
Congressional career[edit | edit source]
When incumbent Congressman Syd Herlong retired in 1968, Chappell ran for and was elected to Florida's 4th congressional district. He was re-elected nine times.
Chappell was a moderate to conservative Democrat and served on the United States House Appropriations Committee. At the time of his defeat he was serving as chairman of the United States House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense.
Personal life and legacy[edit | edit source]
Chappell married the former Jeane Brown on September 28, 1985. He was a resident of Ocala, Florida, until his death in Bethesda, Maryland, on March 30, 1989 from bone cancer.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic in Daytona Beach, Florida was posthumously named after him.
References[edit | edit source]
|United States House of Representatives|
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Florida's 4th congressional district
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