John Logan Chipman

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John Logan Chipman
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 1st district
In office
March 4, 1887 – August 17, 1893
Preceded byWilliam C. Maybury
Succeeded byLevi T. Griffin
Member of the Michigan House of Representatives
In office
Personal details
Born(1830-06-05)June 5, 1830
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
DiedAugust 17, 1893(1893-08-17) (aged 63)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Resting placeElmwood Cemetery
Detroit, Michigan
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Sha-wa-na Chipman
RelationsNathaniel Chipman
ChildrenHenry Chipman
Charlotte Chipman
Alma materUniversity of Michigan

John Logan Chipman (June 5, 1830 – August 17, 1893) was a politician from the U.S. state of Michigan who was most notable for his service as a United States Representative from 1887 until his death.

Early life[edit]

Chipman was born in Detroit, Michigan, and attended the public schools of Detroit and the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, 1843-1845. He engaged in the Lake Superior region as explorer for the Montreal Mining Co. in 1846 and was assistant clerk of the Michigan House of Representatives in 1853. He studied law and admitted to the bar in 1854, practicing in the Lake Superior region.[1]

Political career[edit]

Chipman returned to Detroit and was city attorney from 1857 to 1860. In 1865 and 1866, he was a member of the Michigan House of Representatives representing the First District of Wayne County. In 1866, he ran as the Democratic candidate for the United States House of Representatives from Michigan's 1st congressional district, losing in the general election to Republican incumbent Fernando C. Beaman.[2]

Attorney of the police board of Detroit from 1867 to 1879, Chipman was elected judge of the superior court of Detroit on May 1, 1879. He was reelected in 1885 and served until he resigned in 1887.

Elected as a Democrat in 1886 to the Fiftieth Congress and re-elected to the three succeeding Congresses, Chipman served as United States Representative for the first district of the state of Michigan from March 4, 1887, until his death.


Chipman died of pneumonia in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, on August 17, 1893 (age 63 years, 73 days).[3] He is interred at Elmwood Cemetery, Detroit, Michigan.

Family life[edit]

The grandson of Nathaniel Chipman, a U.S. Senator from Vermont, Chipman was the son of Henry and Martha Logan Chipman. He married Elizabeth Sha-wa-na, a woman of American Indian descent, and they had two children, Henry and Charlotte.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Congressional Serial Set. U.S. Government Printing Office, 1895 - United States. pp. 10–11.
  2. ^ Reed, George Irving. Bench and Bar of Michigan: A Volume of History and Biography. Century publishing and engraving Company. p. 398.
  3. ^ "Congressman Chipman Dead". The Weekly Wisconsin. August 19, 1893. p. 8. Retrieved May 17, 2015 – via open access
  4. ^ "John Logan Chipman". 1997-2014 Retrieved 20 March 2014.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
William C. Maybury
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 1st congressional district

March 4, 1887 – August 17, 1893
Succeeded by
Levi T. Griffin