Historical Marker: Salmon Portland Chase
The marker is located just across the bridge, near Great American Ballpark. Photo: William Fischer Jr.
Salmon Portland Chase coined the slogan of the Free Soil Party: "Free Soil, Free Labor, Free Men"
Historian John Niven has written a biography of Salmon Chase that is available from Oxford University Press.
Backstory and Context
Chase served as Governor of Ohio between 1856 and 1860. During the Civil War, he served in President Lincoln's cabinet as the Secretary of the Treasury and helped create the modern American banking system while also creating and marketing the bonds that helped the Union finance the war effort. For his contributions, the founders of the Chase National Bank (JP Morgan Chase today) named their bank in honor of the former Treasury Secretary. After the war, he served as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court during the impeachment trial of Andrew Johnson. He passed away in 1873 and his remains are interned at the Spring Grove Cemetery.
Niven, John. Salmon P. Chase: A Biography. Booknotes by C-SPAN. Accessed March 03, 2017. http://www.book-notes.org/Watch/64314-1/John+Niven.aspx.
"Salmon Portland Chase." The Historical Marker Database. Accessed March 3, 2017. http://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?MarkerID=24621