1859–1918
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June 17, 1859, Richmond, Indiana.

De­cem­ber 25, 1918, New York City.

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. His works in­clude:

  1. Hail to the Savior, Whose Passion Is Waiting
  2. Holy Spirit, Come In
  3. Inside the Veil
  4. Jesus Is All in All to Me
  5. Jesus, What a Friend for Sinners
  6. Judgment Day Is Coming On, The
  7. Just to See Jesus, Whose Love Is So Precious
  8. Living He Loved Me
  9. My Sins Like a Chain Have Fettered My Soul
  10. Name of All the Names the Dearest
  11. One Day
  12. Savior Has Died to Redeem You, The
  13. There’ a Full Reward Awaiting Us in Glory
  14. ’Tis Jesus
  15. When We Go Home We Know Not When