Born: June 17, 1859, Rich­mond, In­di­ana.

Died: De­cem­ber 25, 1918, New York Ci­ty.

Buried: Wood­lawn Ce­me­te­ry, Bronx, New York.


Wilbur was the son of Al­ex­an­der Ha­mil­ton Chap­man and Lo­rin­da Mc­Whin­ney. He mar­ried three times: to Ir­ene Sted­dom, Ag­nes Pruyn, and Ma­bel Cor­ne­lia Moul­ton.

He gra­du­at­ed from Lake For­est Col­lege in 1879, and Lane Se­mi­na­ry, Cin­cin­na­ti, Ohio, in 1882.

Ordained a Pres­by­ter­ian min­is­ter, his first pa­sto­rate was split be­tween church­es in Lib­er­ty, In­di­ana, and Col­lege Cor­ner, Ohio. In 1883 he be­came min­is­ter of the Old Sa­ra­to­ga Dutch Re­formed Church in Schuy­ler­ville, New York. In 1885, he moved to the First Re­formed Church in Al­ba­ny, New York, and in 1890 to the Be­tha­ny Pres­by­ter­ian Church in Phi­la­del­phia, Penn­syl­van­ia.

He was one of the foun­ders of the Wi­no­na Lake Bi­ble Con­fer­ence and, in 1900, tra­veled to the Ho­ly Land.