Charles Edward ChapelRepublican
Born: May 26, 1904 in Manchester, Iowa
Married: Dorothy Jane Messner Young (m. 1952)
Children: Joanne, Nancy M., Charles Johnson, and Richard Young (stepson)
Military Service: Army, Navy, USMC (1927 Sandino Rebellion in Nicaragua, Shanghai War of 1932)
Died: (in office) February 20, 1967 in Sacramento, CA
1956: Presidential Elector
1961: Candidate for Assembly Speaker (Lost; 1 to 57)
1964: Alternate Delegate, Republican National Convention
- AUTHOR: "Author of more than 4,000 magazine and newspaper feature articles; 29 published books on police science, aviation, and firearms; several treatises in Encyclopaedia Brittanica." - Source: California Blue Book (1968)
- Chapel died in his sleep after completing work on a children's book about the life of Henry Deringer (inventor of the Derringer pistol).
- Legal Troubles: In May 1962, Chapel was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of "falsely reporting a bomb on an airliner" after jokingly telling a stewardess that he had a revolver and nitroglycerine in his briefcase at Sacramento Municipal Airport. Chapel was fined $600 and given a two-month suspended sentence and six month probation. Had the judge (Ray T. Coughlin) convicted Chapel of the felony charge that he was originally charged with, he would have been ineligible to run for reelection in 1962.
- QUOTABLE: In the book "A Disorderly House", Don A. Allen describes Chapel (with whom he had served in Marines) on the night of the Jess Unruh legislative lock-in; "I haven't seen Charlie look so damned happy since he was hunting rebels in Nicaragua thirty years ago."
Source: California Blue Book (1954), (1961), (1963)
Source: A Disorderly House: The Brown-Unruh Years in Sacramento by James R. Mills (Heyday Books; 1987)
Source: Assembly Journal by the California State Assembly (January 6, 1953)