Chase, Salmon Portland, 1808-1873

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:

Washington to [unknown], Letter

Mss 864267
Identifier: Mss 864267
Date(s): 1854-04-17

Writes to a newspaper editor about publishing opposition to the Kansas/Nebaska bill and the creation of a democratic party opposed to slavery.