Ohio History Journal

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Archaeological and Historical









THE careful study of a grand and successful life like that

of Chief Justice Chase cannot fail to be interesting, whether

viewed with regard to the position reached by one who

from a farmer's boy in moderate circumstances came to be

United States Senator, twice Governor of Ohio, Secretary of

the Treasury, and finally Chief Justice of the Supreme

Court of the United States; or whether it be considered with

regard to the character he developed, and the good he was

able to accomplish. From either point of view, the study

of such a life must afford to young men a great incentive to

effort; it will also serve to indicate the successive steps that

need to be taken and to fix attention upon the particular

agencies through which success must be attained. In the

brief time at our disposal, instead of attempting to present

an orderly narrative of events in the life of Mr. Chase, we

may perhaps better secure the object if we state at once

what appear to have been his leading characteristics, and

what were the elements of his wonderful strength and



1 Read before the Ohio State Archaeological and Historical Society at its

Second Annual Meeting, February 24th, 1887.