American Queen

American Queen

The Rise and Fall of Kate Chase Sprague, Civil War "Belle of the North" and Gilded Age Woman of Scandal

eBook - 2014
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Looks at the life of treasury secretary Salmon Chase's charismatic daughter, whose scandalous affair with a married senator led to her falling out of favor with the American public and losing her political influence.

Perseus Publishing
Had People magazine been around during the Civil War and after, Kate Chase would have made its “Most Beautiful” and “Most Intriguing” lists every year.

Kate Chase, the charismatic daughter of Abraham Lincoln's treasury secretary, enjoyed unprecedented political power for a woman. As her widowed father's hostess, she set up a rival “court” against Mary Lincoln in hopes of making her father president and herself his First Lady. To facilitate that goal, she married one of the richest men in the country, the handsome “boy governor” of Rhode Island, in the social event of the Civil War. But when William Sprague turned out to be less of a prince as a husband, she found comfort in the arms of a powerful married senator. The ensuing scandal ended her virtual royalty, leaving her a social outcast who died in poverty. Yet in her final years she would find both greater authenticity and the inner peace that had always eluded her.

Set against the seductive allure of the Civil War and Gilded Age, Kate Chase Sprague's dramatic story is one of ambition and tragedy involving some of the most famous personalities in American history. In this beautifully written and meticulously researched biography, drawing on much unpublished material, John Oller captures the tumultuous and passionate life of a woman who was a century ahead of her time.

In this beautifully written and meticulously researched biography, John Oller captures the tumultuous, passionate, and ultimately tragic life ofKate Chase Sprague, Mary Lincoln's ambitious rival.

Publisher: Boston : Da Capo Press, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
ISBN: 9780306822810
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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May 19, 2015

The old-fashioned saying is "that behind every great man is a great woman". Chase's tragedy is two-fold in that she put her considerable energy, intelligence, political savy and talents in the service of men who were not and probably could never be 'great' and that she lived in a time when it wasn't societally acceptable for her to put them to her own service. One gets the sense that if she had been able to run (or vote, for that matter!), the Americans would have had a woman as president at the beginning of the last century.


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