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Chief Justice Salmon Chase Writes To Financier Jay Cooke About His 1868 Presidential Aspirations: “You Represented That ‘The Chief Justice Had No Chance’, That ‘The Nomination Of Gen Grant Was Inevitable.’…Insist On The Nomination Of A Republican & A Civilian Of Experience & Tried Abilities; And Many Of Them Have Helpfully Forwarded My Name…”
SALMON P. CHASE (1808-1873). Chase was an Ohio Senator and Governor, then became Lincoln’s Secretary of the Treasury. In 1864, Lincoln appointed Chase to Chief Justice to succeed Roger Taney and he served until his death. JAY COOKE (1821-1905). Cooke was a banker who helped finance the Civil War. He moved to Philadelphia and was a partner in Clark and Company. He retired in 1857 but founded Jay Cooke and Company in 1861. He served as the Treasury agent for government during the Civil War, and he sold almost $2 billion in bonds to finance the war. After the conflict, he financed very large enterprises, such as the Northern Pacific Railroad. In 1873, the company failed, bringing on the Panic of 1873.ALS. 3pg. 5” x 8”. December 17, 1867. Washington. An autograph letter signed “S P Chase” as Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court. He wrote to Mr. Cooke, presumably the famous Civil War financier Jay Cooke: “…The other day I replied to the friendly criticism of yours…only half mine; now you will call on me to say something to you about saying…wished to you. It is said here that when you are last in Washington you sent for Painter, & had a long talk in the course of what you represented that ‘the Chief Justice had no chance’, that ‘the nomination of Gen Grant was inevitable.’ And advised to come out at once to that effect in his dispatches. I did not believe this, but could not contradict it for it seemed to come very direct. If the entirety of the country – of the Republican…of Gen. G – I shall be the last to object any clai … [Click Below for Full Description]
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