White Paper: Once a Household Name – Salmon P. Chase

Salmon P. Chase in 19th Century America:
From Abolitionist Lawyer to Supreme Court Justice

Although unfamiliar to many in the twenty-first century, Salmon P. Chase was very much a household name to those living in the United States during the 19th Century.

Salmon Chase was among the most influential Americans of his century with a public service career as an Ohio Senator and Governor, Secretary of the Treasury during the Civil War, and finally as Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

This new White Paper presents contemporary articles from many of Accessible Archives’ rich historical newspaper and periodical collections documenting Salmon P. Chase’s rise to public prominence through his work for the rights of fugitive slaves and the antislavery movement. It is the story of a man at the center of the fight for racial justice in mid-19th Century America.

At his death, one eulogist noted,  “…he was distinguished for great ability and great devotion to duty. Conspicuous among his many claims to popular and lasting regard were his early, continued, and effective labors for the universal freedom of man.”

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About the Author

Jill O’Neill is the Director of Content for NISO. She has been an active member of the information community for thirty years, most recently managing the professional development programs for NFAIS (National Federation of Advanced Information Services) before joining NISO in 2015. Her publishing expertise was gained working for such prominent content providers as Elsevier, Thomson Scientific (now ThomsonReuters), and John Wiley & Sons. Jill continues to write for a diverse set of publications, including Information Today and the Scholarly Kitchen blog (

All images included in blog posts are from either Accessible Archives collections or out of copyright public sources unless otherwise noted. Common sources include the Library of Congress, The Flickr Commons, Wikimedia Commons, and other public archives.

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