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Today’s Notable U. S. Birthday

Salmon P. Chase – 6th Chief Justice of the United States of America

Salmon Portland Chase was Lincoln's choice to ...
Salmon Portland Chase was Lincoln’s choice to be Chief Justice of the United States. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Message of President Abraham Lincoln nominatin...
Message of President Abraham Lincoln nominating Salmon P. Chase to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, 12/06/1864 (Photo credit: The U.S. National Archives)

Chase was one of the most prominent members of the new Republican Party before becoming Chief Justice. Chase articulated the “Slave Power conspiracy” thesis well before Lincoln. He coined the slogan of the Free Soil Party, “Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men.” He devoted his energies to the destruction of what he considered the Slave Power – the conspiracy of Southern slave owners to seize control of the federal government and block the progress of liberty.

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