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Salmon P. Chase
6th Chief Justice of the United States
In office
December 15, 1864[1] – May 7, 1873
Nominated by Abraham Lincoln
Preceded by Roger B. Taney
Succeeded by Morrison R. Waite
25th United States Secretary of the Treasury
In office
March 7, 1861 – June 30, 1864
President Abraham Lincoln
Preceded by John A. Dix
Succeeded by William P. Fessenden
23rd Governor of Ohio
In office
January 14, 1856 – January 9, 1860
Lieutenant Thomas H. Ford (1856–1858)
Martin Welker (1858–1860)
Preceded by William Medill
Succeeded by William Dennison
United States Senator
from Ohio
In office
March 4, 1849 – March 3, 1855
Preceded by William Allen
Succeeded by George E. Pugh
In office
March 4 – March 7, 1861
Preceded by George E. Pugh
Succeeded by John Sherman
Personal details
Born Salmon Portland Chase
January 13, 1808(1808-01-13)
Cornish, New Hampshire, U.S.
Died May 7, 1873(1873-05-07) (aged 65)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political party Free Soil, Republican
Spouse(s) Katherine Garmiss Chase
Eliza Ann Smith Chase
Sarah Dunlop Ludlow Chase[2]
Alma mater Cincinnati College
Dartmouth College
Profession Politician, Lawyer, Judge
Religion Episcopal

Salmon Portland Chase (January 13, 1808 – May 7, 1873) was an American politician and jurist who served as U.S. Senator from Ohio and the 23rd Governor of Ohio; as U.S. Treasury Secretary under President Abraham Lincoln; and as the sixth Chief Justice of the United States. He was one of the most famous Republicans of his time.

Chase was born on January 13, 1808 in Cornish, New Hampshire.[3] He was raised in Windsor, Vermont and Worthington, Ohio. He studied at Cincinnati College and in Dartmouth College. Chase was married to Katherine Garmiss from 1834 until they divorced. Then he was married to Eliza Ann Smith from 1839 until they divorced. Then he was married to Sarah Dunlop from 1846 until his death in 1873. He had six daughters. Chase died on May 7, 1873 in New York City, New York from an illness, aged 65.


  1. "Federal Judicial Center: Salmon Chase". 2009-12-12. Retrieved 2009-12-12.
  2. Niven, John (1995). Salmon P. Chase. Oxford University Press. p. 96. ISBN 978-0-19-504653-3 .
  3. Salmon Portland Chase Encyclopædia Britannica, 1911 Edition, Originally appearing in Volume V05, Page 956

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