ALFRED B. CHAPMAN
Alfred B. Chapman
Alfred Beck Chapman (1863-1864; 1867-1869), a West Point
graduate, came to Los Angeles in 1854 and was the city attorney
prior to serving as district attorney in 1867. Chapman was a
prominent real estate attorney who is said to have often taken land
as payment of his fees. Chapman benefited from American laws that
resulted in the land of the great ranchos passing from the Californios to Americans. He bought Rancho San Rafael at a
foreclosure sale in 1860 for a reported $58,750, after the rancho
had been lost to debt by the Verdugo family. Chapman is reported to
have returned the Verdugo home to the family, along with 200 acres.
He is credited with being one of the developers of Glendale,
originally land of Rancho San Rafael.