Alton Brooks Chapman

Portrait of Alton Brooks Chapman Headstone Photograph


Alton Brooks
July 22, 1904
June 12, 1996

Anna Louise Barganier
July 3, 1910
July 8, 1998
Full Name: Alton Brooks Chapman
Location: Section:Republic Hill, Section 2 (C2)
Row:K  Number:22
Reason for Eligibility: Judge, 110th Judicial District of Texas; Associate Justice, Court of Civil Appeals of the 7th Supreme Judicial Disctrict of Texas 
Birth Date: July 22, 1904 
Died: June 12, 1996 
Burial Date: June 14, 1996 

CHAPMAN, ALTON BROOKS (1904~1996) Alton Brooks Chapman, state judge, was born on July 22, 1904 in Rochester, Texas to Mathis White and Ida Mae Wadzeck Chapman. He graduated from Haskell High School, Hardin Simmons University, and the University of Texas Law School.

In his early years, he served as County Attorney in Dickens County and as District Attorney for the 110th Judicial District. At the age of 32, he was appointed as District Judge of this district, making him the youngest District Judge in the State of Texas. Judge Chapman served as District Judge for 20 years before being elected, in 1956, to the Amarillo Court of Appeals. Judge Chapman served two terms on the Appeals Court before retiring in 1968.

Following his retirement, he and his wife moved to Gatesville, near their family ranch. Judge Chapman was a member and deacon of the First Baptist Church Gatesville, past District Governor of Rotary International, a member of the Masonic Lodge and was active with the Gideons in his retirement.

Judge Chapman died on June 12, 1996, and was buried in the Texas State Cemetery two days later.


#8755) Served on the Court of Civl Appeals from 1957-1968. Served as District Judge from 1937-1956.
Entered by Administrator on 2/1/1998 12:11:19 PM

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