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Chapman House

Chapman House The Chapman House, an 1860 Greek Revival house from Dearborn, Michigan, belonged to Henry Ford’s favorite school teacher, John Chapman, who lived in the house during the 1870’s. Chapman who was a farmhand also taught in the Scotch Settlement School and later, the Miller School. Chapman was a large man who used his size to intimidate the disobedient students in his classroom. Henry Ford liked Chapman so much, that he transferred from Chapman House
the Scotch Settlement School to the Miller School so that Chapman could remain his teacher.

The structure is a good example of an average midwestern house and has simple furnishings in keeping with the modest lifestyle of a rural schoolteacher during this time. The style of architecture was unpopular in urban areas by the 1840’s but remained prevalent in rural communities until the 1870’s.

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