Salmon P. Chase: Lincoln's Vital Rival

Featuring: Walter Stahr, Harold Holzer (moderator)

Bernard and Irene Schwartz Distinguished Speakers Series

  • Tuesday, March 22, 6:30 – 7:30 pm ET
  • $38 (Members $24; Chairman’s Council, Free)
head shot of walter stahr
head shot of harold holzer

Event Details:

Salmon P. Chase is best remembered as a rival of Lincoln’s for the Republican nomination in 1860, but Walter Stahr suggests there would not have been a national Republican Party—and Lincoln could not have won the presidency—were it not for the vital groundwork Chase laid over the previous two decades. Stahr sheds new light on a complex and fascinating political figure, as well as on the pivotal events in the years before, during and right after the Civil War.

Walter Stahr practiced law for over two decades in Washington and Asia. A New York Times-bestselling author, his most recent book is Salmon P. Chase : Lincoln's Vital Rival. Harold Holzer (moderator), one of the country’s leading authorities on Abraham Lincoln and the political culture of the Civil War era, is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 50 books.

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