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Kate Chase Sprague

Attribution
Mathew Brady Studio, active 1844 - 1894
Printer
Chicago Albumen Works
Sitter
Kate Chase Sprague, 1840 - 1899
Date
1861 (printed later)
Type
Photograph
Medium
Modern albumen print from wet plate collodion negative
Dimensions
Image: 8.3 × 5.8 cm (3 1/4 × 2 5/16")
Sheet: 12.8 × 10.2 cm (5 1/16 × 4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Frederick Hill Meserve Collection
Object number
NPG.81.M1454.D1
Exhibition Label
Born Cincinnati, Ohio
Consumed by the desire to see her father elected president, Kate Chase did everything in her power to advance Salmon P. Chase’s political career. When her thrice-widowed father won Ohio’s governorship, in 1856, he chose sixteen-year-old Kate to serve as his official hostess. She laid the groundwork for his bid to become the Republican Party’s 1860 presi- dential nominee by wining and dining the influential politicians who flocked to her glamorous soirees. Bitterly disappointed when Abraham Lincoln secured the Republican nomination and the presidency, Kate took some consolation in her father’s appointment as Secretary of the Treasury. She established their Washington, D.C., residence as a glittering salon and reigned as the belle of capital society while building a network of political alliances. Kate’s marriage in 1863 to millionaire William Sprague helped to finance her father’s presidential ambitions, but her hopes were dashed when Lincoln was nominated for a second term.
Nacida en Cincinnati, Ohio
Consumida por el deseo de ver a su padre ser elegido presidente, Kate Chase hizo todo lo posible por promover la carrera política de Salmon P. Chase. Cuando ya viudo tres veces Chase ganó la gober- nación de Ohio en 1856, escogió a Kate, entonces de 16 años, como su anfitriona oficial. Ella sentó las bases para que el padre aspirara a la nominación presidencial por el Partido Republicano en 1860, agasajando a influyentes políticos en sus glamo- rosas veladas. Resentida cuando Abraham Lincoln obtuvo la nominación y la presidencia, encontró cierto consuelo en la designación de su padre como Secretario del Tesoro. Kate convirtió su casa de Washington, D.C., en un espléndido lugar de tertulias y veladas, y fue la reina de la sociedad capitalina tejiendo así una red de alianzas políticas. Su matri- monio de 1863 con el millonario William Sprague la ayudó a financiar las ambiciones de su padre, pero sus esperanzas quedaron truncadas cuando Lincoln fue nominado para un segundo término.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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National Portrait Gallery Collection
Exhibition
American Origins
On View
NPG, East Gallery 110b
Exhibition
Storied Women of the Civil War Era
On View
NPG, East Gallery 110b
Place
United States\New York\Kings\New York