Nathaniel CHIPMAN, Congress, VT (1752-1843)

Senate Years of Service:

CHIPMAN, Nathaniel, (brother of Daniel Chipman and grandfather of John Logan Chipman), a Senator from Vermont; born in Salisbury, Conn., November 15, 1752; privately tutored; received his degree from Yale College in 1777 while in the Army; served as a lieutenant in the Revolutionary War; studied law; admitted to the bar in 1779 and commenced practice in Tinmouth, Vt.; member, State house of representatives 1784-1785; elected as judge of the State supreme court in 1786 and chosen chief justice in 1789; judge of the United States District Court 1791-1794; again elected chief justice of the State supreme court in 1796; elected as a Federalist to the United States Senate to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Isaac Tichenor and served from October 17, 1797, until March 3, 1803; unsuccessful candidate for reelection; member, State house of representatives 1806-1811; chief justice of Vermont 1813-1815; died in Tinmouth, Vt., February 13, 1843; interment in the Tinmouth Cemetery.


American National Biography; Dictionary of American Biography; Chipman, Daniel. Life of Honorable Nathaniel Chipman with Selections from His Miscellaneous Papers. Boston: C.C. Little and J. Brown, 1846; Chipman, Nathaniel. Principles of Government, A Treatise on Free Institutions Including the Constitution of the United States. 1833. Reprint. New York: Da Capo Press, 1970.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present