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CHAPMAN, Joseph (banker)

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CHAPMAN, Joseph. (Dubuque, IA, Oct. 17, 1871--Minneapolis, MN, May 11, 1948). A son of Joseph and Catherine C. (Cassiday) Chapman, Joseph Chapman was educated in Dubuque, Iowa, and in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After graduating from the Central High School he obtained a position in the Northwestern National Bank. He advanced through various positions until he became vice president of the bank and later a director. In 1897 he graduated from the law department of the University of Minnesota. (1)

At the outbreak of WORLD WAR I, Chapman served as the treasurer of the Belgian and Armenian relief funds, a member of the executive committee of the Liberty Loan Committee of the Ninth Ninth Reserve District, and was the chairman of the speakers' committee. (2)

From 1899 until 1906 Chapman was the secretary of the Minnesota Bankers Association and was elected its president in 1908. He was a member of the American Institute of Bank Clerks and the organizer and president of its first chapter. Chapman was president of the Agricultural Development and Educational Committee of the State Bankers Association and served on the executive committee of the American Bankers Association and chairman of its com­mittee on agricultural development. After his resignation from the Northwestern National Bank in 1919 he became associated with the L. S. Donaldson Company, one of the largest department stores in the Northwest, and served as its vice president.

Chapman was a thirty-second degree member of the Masonic Lodge; a member of Phi Delta Phi, a college fraternity; and was a member of the Minneapolis, Minikahda and Six O'Clock Clubs, having been president of the last named in 1906-7.

Outside of banking, Chapman's civic work included chairing the citizens' pure water commission which established a modern filtration plant of Minneapolis. For nine years he was a member of the Board of Charities and Corrections and served as vice president of the Morris Plan Company. He was one of the organizers and chairman of the finance committee of the New Nicollet Hotel and served as the vice president of the company. (3)



1. Shutter, Marion Daniel. History of Minneapolis, Gateway to the Northwest. Chicago-Minneapolis: The S J Clarke Publishing Co, 1923, p. 663

2. Mead, Edward (ed.). Commercial West Volume III., July 12, 1919. Online: http://books.google.com/books?id=e6owAQAAMAAJ&pg=RA1-PA7&lpg=RA1-PA7&dq=Joseph+Chapman+%28minneapolis%29&source=bl&ots=EGwBK4Nbw9&sig=nLcEvGBZuwxlWMD7EnZ2MwBPSVk&hl=en&sa=X&ei=43FAU_2MNcresAS5oYDACQ&ved=0CEwQ6AEwBA#v=onepage&q=Joseph%20Chapman%20%28minneapolis%29&f=false

3. Shutter.