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Reverend Stephen Chipley (July 22, 1784 - July 21, 1852), was one of the founding citizens of Lexington, Kentucky.

He was the father of Dr. William Stout Chipley who published a paper on "sitomania," a type of insanity consisting of an intense dread or loathing of food. Clinical research in Great Britain and France during the 1860s and 1870s replaced sitomania with the term "anorexia nervosa" and distinguished the disorder from other mental illnesses in which appetite loss was a secondary symptom and from physical "wasting" diseases, such as tuberculosis, diabetes, and cancer.

Stephen Chipley was the reverend of Methodist Episcopal Church. He died July 21, 1852 in Lexington and was buried in Lexington Cemetery.