Absalom Harris Chappell

Absalom Harris Chappell ( born December 18, 1801 in Mount Zion, Hancock County, Georgia, † December 11, 1878 in Columbus, Georgia ) was an American politician. Between 1843 and 1845 he represented the state of Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives.


Absalom Chappell attended elementary school in his hometown of Mount Zion. After a subsequent law studies at the University of Georgia in Athens and its made ​​in 1821 admitted to the bar he began in Sandersville to work in his new profession. In 1824 he moved to Forsyth, where he also practiced law.

In the 1830s, Chappell began a political career. 1832 and 1833 he was a member of the Senate of Georgia. After that, he was from 1834 to 1839 Member of the House of Representatives of the State. At that time, Chappell became a member of the Whig party. In 1836 he moved his residence and his law firm to Macon. During this time, Chappell supported the construction of a railroad in his home ( Monroe Railroad ). In 1839 he was a member of a commission on the restructuring of the financial system of the State of Georgia.

Following the resignation of Congressman John Basil Lamar Chappell was at the due election for the seventh seat of Georgia as his successor in the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington DC selected. There he came into effect on October 2, 1843 at its new mandate. Since he did not run in the regular congressional elections of 1844, he could only finish the current term in Congress until March 3, 1845. This was overshadowed by discussions about a possible annexation since 1836 the independent Republic of Mexico Texas.

1845 Chappell was a member and President of the Senate of Georgia. In the following years he worked again as a lawyer. Since 1857 he lived in Columbus; there he worked on literary matters. After the dissolution of the Whigs Absalom Chappell became a member of the Democratic Party. In the years 1865 and 1877 he was a delegate at meetings to revise the State Constitution of Georgia. In 1867 he also took part in a meeting of conservative forces in Georgia ( Conservative Convention ). He died on December 11, 1878 in Columbus. Absalom Chappell was married to Loretta Rebecca Lamar. The couple had five children who survived to adulthood. His wife was a sister of Mirabeau B. Lamar, who was from 1838 to 1841 President of the Republic of Texas.