Robert Chapman

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Robert Chapman
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #5
Service:
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   9/19/1981 - 5/31/1991
Senior:   5/31/1991 - Present
Preceded by:   Clement Haynsworth
Succeeded by:   Karen J. Williams
Past post:   District of South Carolina
Past term:   1971-1981
Personal History
Born:   1926
Undergraduate:   U. of South Carolina '45
Law School:   U. of South Carolina Law '49



Robert Foster Chapman (b. 1926) is a federal judge on senior status of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He joined the court in 1981 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan.

Early life and education

Chapman graduated from South Carolina with his bachelor's degree in 1945 and later graduated from South Carolina Law with his Bachelor of Laws degree in 1949.[1] Chapman also served in the U.S. Navy as an Ensign from 1943 to 1946 and as a Lieutenant from 1951 to 1953.

Professional career

Chapman was a private practice attorney licensed in the State of South Carolina from 1949 to 1951 and from 1953 to 1971.[1]. Chapman took a brief hiatus from 1951 to 1953 as Chapman served on active duty during the Korean Conflict.

Judicial career

District of South Carolina

On the recommendation of long time South Carolina U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond, Chapman was nominated nominated by President Richard Nixon on May 18, 1971 to a new seat created by 84 Stat. 294 which was approved by Congress. Chapman was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 26, 1971 on a Senate vote and received commission on May 27, 1971. Chapman left the District of South Carolina on October 2, 1981 due to his appointment to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Chapman was succeeded in this position by Clyde Hamilton.

Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

On the recommendation of long time South Carolina U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond, Chapman was nominated to the Fourth Circuit on July 16, 1981 by President Ronald Reagan to fill the seat on the Fourth Circuit vacated by Clement Haynsworth as Haynsworth assumed senior status. Chapman was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 16, 1981 on a Senate vote and received commission on September 19, 1981. Chapman later assumed senior status on May 31, 1991.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
NA - new seat
District of South Carolina
1971–1981
Seat #5
Succeeded by:
Clyde Hamilton
Preceded by:
Clement Haynsworth
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
1981–present
Succeeded by:
Karen J. Williams




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