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From Antislavery Lawyer to Chief Justice: The Remarkable But Forgotten Career of Salmon P. Chase

51 Pages Posted: 29 Aug 2012 Last revised: 15 Sep 2016

Randy E. Barnett

Georgetown University Law Center

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

The name Salmon P. Chase is barely known and his career is largely forgotten. In this paper, the author seeks to revive his memory by tracing the arc of his career from antislavery lawyer, to antislavery politician, to Chief Justice of the United States. In addition to explaining why this is a career worth both remembering and honoring, the author offers some possible reasons why his remarkable achievements have largely been forgotten.

Keywords: antislavery, Justice Chase, constitutional abolitionists, abolition of slavery, constitutionalists, civil rights, political history

JEL Classification: K00, K30, K39

Suggested Citation

Barnett, Randy E., From Antislavery Lawyer to Chief Justice: The Remarkable But Forgotten Career of Salmon P. Chase (2013). 63 Case Western Reserve Law Review, pp. 653-702, 2013; Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 12-122. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2136974

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