January 14, 1914

Wednesday Evening,

January 14, 1914


Col. L. DeV. Chipman

In the death of Colonel Leveret DeVeber Chipman, which occurred on Wednesday evening last, Kings County has lost a man who was, for years, its most prominent resident, whose influence was far-reaching and who will be long remembered by all who knew him.

Mr. Chipman was born at Chipman Corner, Cornwallis, in 1831. He was the eldest son of the late W. Henry Chipman, M. P., and his wife, Sophia Araminta (Cogswell). His early years were spent in his father’s business, on the farm, in the store and officially, as Clerk of the Peace for Kings County. The training thus received stood him in good stead in after life. In the early fifties he married Nancy L., daughter of the late Stephen H. Moore, Esq., and built a fine residence near that of his father. In 1871, having been appointed agent of the Bank of Nova Scotia, he removed to Kentville where he has since resided.

Mr. Chipman was a member of the first and second parliaments of Canada. His father, who was the first representative of Kings County in the House of Commons, died at Ottawa in 1870. His son was elected by acclamation as his successor. At the general election in 1872 he was re-elected by a large majority and sat until the dissolution in 1874. At the election of that year he was defeated and at the election in 1878 found himself disqualified by a recent Act of Parliament which provided that Clerks of the Peace could not offer as candidates for Parliament. Those who have heard his reminiscences of parliamentary life know that he must have thoroughly enjoyed that life. At the same time, he had little taste for the chicanery of practical politics and never would consent, in later contests, to allow his name to come before a nominating committee.

Mr. Chipman, in 1867, succeeded his father as Clerk of the Peace, an office which had been previously held by his father and great-grandfather since 1812. When in 1879, this office merged in that of Municipal Clerk, he was chosen to the position and continued to hold it until his death.

As a man of business, Mr. Chipman’s equal is seldom found. He seemed able to instantly grasp and to keep in mind the details of any business with which he was connected; his decisions were quickly made, and his judgment almost invariably proved correct. These qualities characterized him until he had passed his eightieth year.

Mr. Chipman’s military title was derived from his connection with the militia. He was Lt. Col. Of the third Kings Regiment before Confederation. He later held the same rank and commanded the 68th Canadian Regiment of Infantry, which he organized. At his retirement, having passed the age limit, he was gazetted Honorary Colonel.

Though belonging to a generation of which there are few surviving, Mr. Chipman has always kept in touch with the men of the day and with the march of public progress. Though of a forceful personality, his was a friendly nature, and the children and grandchildren of his contemporaries in early life, were glad to class him among their friends.

Mr. Chipman leaves four daughters, Lavinia, wife of F. C. Dimock, of Kentville; Ethel S. Wife of Barclay Webster, Esq.; Leontine, residing in England and Eva, wife of W. Murray Botsford, Esq., of London. His only son, Wilford H. Chipman, died in 1905 deeply lamented. He left two sons, L. DeV. Now editor and proprietor of the Annapolis Spectator and Reginald of Calgary. These bereaved children and grandchildren have the sincere sympathy of very many friends.