Monday, October 1, 2007

ON THIS DAY: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 1861

Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase has returned to Washington from New York, where, according to the New York Times, he “established perfect harmony between the Government and the capitalists of the country, and made certain that we will not be embarrassed by an empty treasury.” An Ohio lawyer, Chase’s most important job is to secure financing for the war effort, a task he will do well, despite an almost overwhelming hunger for the presidency, a yearning that gnaws at him night and day. A widower, Chase has a beautiful and charming young daughter named Kate, who serves as his social secretary and who does her best to advance his ambitions.

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