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Charles Edward Chapel


Picture of Charles Edward Chapel
Date Party Office Votes Result
11-07-1950 Republican AD-46 42312 Win
11-04-1952 Republican AD-46 65031 Win
11-02-1954 Republican AD-46 37628 Win
11-06-1956 Republican AD-46 51997 Win
11-04-1958 Republican AD-46 53105 Win
11-08-1960 Republican AD-46 68668 Win
11-06-1962 Republican AD-46 46960 Win
11-03-1964 Republican AD-46 64807 Win
11-08-1966 Republican AD-46 60646 Win

Candidate Biography:

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

  • PUBLISHED: "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: The Brown-Unruh Years in Sacramento", 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)