CHIEF JUSTICE SALMON P. CHASE - STEEL ENGRAVING UNSIGNED - HFSID 182433
Sale Price $126.00
SALMON P. CHASE. Engraving unsigned. B/w,
8x11 overall, image 5½x7½ (one surface). Facsimile signature. New
York, Johnson, Fry & Co. Publishers. Entered according to an Act of
Congress, 1863. Likeness from a recent photograph, painted by Alonse Chappel.
Chase represented Ohio in the U.S. Senate as a Free-Soil Democrat from
1849-1855, when he was elected Governor of Ohio as a Free Soil Democrat in
1855. He was reelected as a Republican in 1857. Chase returned to the Senate
on March 4, 1861, but resigned two days later to become President Lincoln's
Secretary of the Treasury. During his term in the Treasury Department, Chase and
Lincoln frequently disagreed, and Chase regularly offered to resign. In
February 1864, a group of radical Republicans proposed Chase for President.
Chase did nothing to stop the movement. At the June 7-8, 1864 convention,
Lincoln was nominated on the first ballot. After another quarrel with the
President three weeks later, Chase once again submitted his resignation. To his
surprise, on June 30, 1864, Lincoln accepted it. In another surprise move,
President Lincoln appointed Chase Chief Justice on December 6, 1864. In
that position, which he occupied until his death in 1873, Chase was dedicated
to the rights of Black Americans and supported the Reconstruction Acts. In
1868, his impartial conduct of President Andrew Johnson's impeachment trial
angered his Radical Republican friends. Some Democrats suggested Chase as their
1868 presidential candidate, to no avail. Lightly creased, lightly browned at
edges. Pinhead-sized spots near captioning in lower margin. Otherwise, fine
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