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SALMON P. CHASE. Signature: "SP Chase/USS", 2½x¾, affixed to 3½x1 sheet. Circa 1849-1855. Salmon Portland Chase (1808-1873) served as a Free-Soil Democratic U.S. Senator from Ohio from 1849-1855, when he became Governor of Ohio (1856-1860; first elected as a Free-Soil Democrat, he was re-elected as a Republican in 1857). A candidate for the 1860 Republican Party nomination for President, Chase returned to the U.S. Senate on March 4, 1861, but resigned two days later, having been appointed Secretary of the Treasury by President Abraham Lincoln. Known for his frequent disputes with Lincoln, Chase resigned from the Cabinet on July 1, 1864, but, in a surprise move, Lincoln appointed him as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on December 6, 1864. During his tenure (until his death in 1873), Chase was dedicated to the rights of Black Americans and supported the Reconstruction Acts. In 1868, his impartial conducting of President Andrew Johnson's impeachment trial angered his Radical Republican friends. Disowned by his own party, Chase was unsuccessfully suggested as a possible 1868 Democratic presidential candidate. Both signature sheet and mounting sheet are soiled. Mounting sheet is lightly stained at blank right margin. Irregularly torn at blank left edge, upper right blank corner torn away, chipped at lower right blank edge. Overall, fine condition.

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Born: January 13, 1808 in Cornish, New Hampshire
Died: May 7, 1873 in New York City, New York

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