National Historical Publications & Records Commission

The Salmon P. Chase Papers

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Hon. Salmon P. Chase, Chief Justice, on a broken plate negative from the Brady Collection. National Archives.


Kent State University

Additional information at microfilm edition at; print edition at and; and Spur Up Your Pegasus at

A selective edition of the papers of Salmon Portland Chase (1808 –1873), who served as U.S. Senator from Ohio, helped establish the Republican party, was Governor of Ohio, and served as Secretary of the Treasury under President Lincoln. In 1864, Lincoln nominated Chase to fill the Supreme Court vacancy. Chase serve as Chief Justice from 1864 to his death in 1873, presiding over the Senate trial of President Andrew Johnson during the impeachment proceedings of 1868. A significant collection of papers with observation and commentary on Amercian political and cultural history from the presidency of John Quincy Adams to that of Ulysses S. Grant. After the project was complete, the NHPRC supported an additional volume, Spur Up Your Pegasus: Family Letters of Salmon, Kate, and Nettie Chase, 1844-1873. The NHPRC also funded a microfilm edition, with Claremont Graduate School, of approximately 10,000 documents from Chase’s diaries, correspondence, speeches, and writings. 43 reels, 79-page guide.

Complete in five volumes

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