Biographies of Scots and Scots Descendants (C) Chase,
The financier of the Civil War for the Union
government, descended from Janet Ralston, the daughter of a Scottish
settler. He became U. S. secretary of the treasury during the war and
refined the national banking system. Before the war he had been a lawyer
who defended "conductors" on the Underground Railroad, governor
of Ohio and a U. S. senator. His ambition to be president led Lincoln to
fire him from the cabinet, but Lincoln later named him chief justice of
the U. S. Supreme Court.
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