John Chapman Collection


John Chapman Collection


Chapman, John W. (John William), 1894-1978
Illinois. Office of Lieutenant Governor
Lieutenant governors
Carpentier, Charles F., 1896-1964
Hoffman, Elmer J. (Elmer Joseph), 1899-1976
United States--United States Highway 66
Chicago (Ill.). City Council
City council members


John Chapman began his political career in 1927 when he won a seat on the Chicago City Council. He served as executive secretary to Illinois Governor Dwight H. Green from 1941 to 1949. Chapman was a member of the Illinois Parole Board from 1941-1950. He served as Illinois' Lieutenant Governor from 1953-1961 under Governor William Stratton,

Photographs in this collection include images of John Chapman attending ribbon cutting ceremonies for the opening of Route 66 at Lincoln, Illinois; giving speeches; taking group photos with Illinois politicians; and making public appearances with youth groups including Girls' State, Boys' State, and the Future Farmers of America.

Collection Items

Caterpillar Plant
Businessmen tour a Caterpillar Plant during World War II.

United Cerebral Palsy Telethon
Jan Clayton, Vivian Dorsett, Lieutenant Governor John Chapman, and Judy Canon gather for a photo in front of the phone bank at the United Cerebral Palsy Telethon in Quincy. A person dressed as Santa Claus stands in the back of the photo.

Opening of Route 66 at Lincoln
Several politicians gather at the opening of Route 66 in Lincoln, including Lieutenant Governor John Chapman (4th from left), Governor William G. Stratton (5th from left), Secretary of State Charles F. Carpentier (3rd from right), State Treasurer…

Opening of Route 66 at Lincoln
Governor William G. Stratton (3rd from right) stands with several other state officials during the ribbon cutting ceremony at the opening of Route 66 in Lincoln. From left to right: Elmer J. Hoffman, State Treasurer; Unidentified; John W. Chapman,…

Elmer J. Hoffman, Latham Castle, Charles Carpentier, Ray Klingbiel, John W. Chapman, and Robert Rietzler.
Several politicians gather in the office of the Secretary of State for a photo opportunity. From left to right: State Treasurer Elmer J. Hoffman; Attorney General Latham Castle; Secretary of State Charles Carpentier; Judge Ray Klingbiel; Lieutenant…

Republican Day
Lieutenant Governor John Chapman speaks at Republican Day at the State Fair.

Ray Klingbiel, Vernon L. Nickell, Charles F. Carpenter, and John W. Chapman.
Lieutenant Governor John W. Chapman(seated) signs a document at Secretary of State Charles F. Carpentier's desk under the supervision of (l-r): Judge Ray Klingbiel, Superintendent of Public Instruction Vernon L. Nickell, andCarpentier.

John Chapman, Frank J. Gale, and William F. Lincer
Lieutenant Governor John Chapman meets with Frank J. Gale, South Zone Manager, Kroger Peoria Division (center) and William F. Lincer, Vice President of Kroger, Peoria Division (right).

Kroger Grand Opening
Lieutenant Governor John Chapman (2nd from left) joins Frank J. Gale, South Zone Manager, Kroger Peoria Division (far left); William F. Lincer, Vice President of Kroger, Peoria Division (2nd from right); and William Seeber, Manager of the Kroger in…

Girls' State
Lieutenant Governor John Chapman poses with Girls' State members in front of a portrait of George Washington on the floor of one of the Illinois General Assembly Chambers. Girls State participants from left to right: Mary Ruth, Governor; Yini…

Illinois Metropolitan Local Governmental Service Commission
Members of the Illinois Metropolitan Local Governmental Services Commission stand outside of a Trans-Canada Airlines plane at Midway Airport in Chicago.

Boys' State
Members of Boys' State, headed by Mr. Hovey, meet with Lieutenant Governor John Chapman in his office.

Crowning a Mrs. Illinois
Lieutenant Governor John Chapman crowns Mrs. Illinois 1956.

Political Event
Several prominent individuals sit in the front row during an event including Sandra and Diana Stratton (1st and 2nd from left), daughters of Governor William G. Stratton; Lieutenant Governor John W. Chapman (3rd from left); Secretary of State Charles…

Future Farmers of America
Members of the Future Farmers of America stand next to a Ford tractor with (from left to right) Lieutenant Governor John William Chapman, Secretary of State Charles Carpentier, and Director of the Department of Agriculture Stillman Stanard. A sign on…

John Chapman
Lieutenant Governor John Chapman speaks at an event.
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