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Chase, Salmon Portland, 1808-1873



  • Existence: 1808 - 1873

Salmon P. Chase was born on January 13, 1808 in Cornish, New Hampshire. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1826 after which he studied law under Attorney General William Wirt before establishing a legal practice in Cincinnati. He became an anti-slavery activist and frequently defended fugitive slaves in court. Chase served as the sixth Chief Justice of the United States (1864-1873) and the 23rd Governor of Ohio (1856-1860). He also represented Ohio in the United States Senate, and served as the 25th United States Secretary of the Treasury (1861-1864). Chase died on May 7, 1873.

Found in 11 Collections and/or Records:

Cincinnati to Col. William Miner [Columbus], Letter

Mss 836515
Identifier: Mss 836515
Overview Chase writes for a complete copy of the verdict of Carrington v. W. Lytle.

Salmon P. Chase Letter

Mss 830453
Identifier: Mss 830453
Overview Letter to Chase's cousin Dr. Joseph A. Denison, Jr. in Royalton, Vermont discussing Chase's positive views on his native New England. Also includes a gentleman's promissory note, payable on demand, for one hundred dollars.

Salmon P. Chase letters

Identifier: MS-103
Overview Salmon P. Chase (1808-1873), politican and judge. Dartmouth College Class of 1826. The collection contains letters written by Salmon P. Chase while a student at Dartmouth College as well as later correspondence. Correspondents include Benjamin Franklin Wade, Caleb B. Smith, Asa Dodge Smith, William Pitt Fessenden, Zedekiah Smith Barstow and William Turner Coggeshall.

[Silver Springs, MD] to Mr. Harrington or Mr. Gaallagher [sic] or Mr. Simkins

Mss 003250
Identifier: Mss 003250
Overview Chase summons his wagon to Silver Springs at 5 O'clock.

Wakefield, RI to W.R. Grott and Co.

Mss 000431.1
Identifier: Mss 000431.1
Overview Informs sender that his letter was forwarded to the Secretary of the Treasury, Mr. McCulloch.

Washington [D.C.] to John Halliburton, Nova Scotia , Letter

Mss 829258.1
Identifier: Mss 829258.1
Overview Chase writes to friend John Halliburton of the loss he feels at the departure of his mentor, US Attorney General William Wirt, and his family for Baltimore.

[Washington D.C.] to Washington Long [Eastport, Me.], Letter

Mss 861470
Identifier: Mss 861470
Overview Chase writes a custom official in Maine to charge two suspected Confederate vessels, the "Alice Bale" and the "Peter Marcy", with alien tonnage duties upon arrival in his port from Liverpool, England.

[Washington] to Andrew Jamieson, Alexandria [VA], Letter

Mss 864221
Identifier: Mss 864221
Overview Salmon Chase notifies Andrew Jamieson of the change in value of the invoice valuation permit fee on shipments from insurrectionary districts. This change will occur beginning on April 1, 1864.

[Washington] to Andrew Jamieson, Letters

Mss 864154
Identifier: Mss 864154
Overview Two letters, written by Salmon P. Chase, and addressed to the District of Virginia’s Collector of Customs, Andrew Jamieson. Chase writes to Jamieson in the hopes of requesting the latter to suspend the fines imposed upon the owner of both the “Manhattan” and the “Charlotte Vanderbilt” for his involuntary misuse of the sailing licenses for both steamers. The second letter, composed in Chase's hand, and dated October 16, 1863, is signed by Lucious E. Chittenden, Register of the U.S. Treasury.

Washington to Lt. Col. Reynolds, Letter

Mss 862276
Identifier: Mss 862276
Overview Writes that he is O.K. with the Secretary of War taking charge of persons and property behind Union lines in the absence of Congessional legislation.