American Queen: The Rise and Fall of Kate Chase Sprague--Civil War "Belle of the North" and Gilded Age Woman of Scandal

American Queen: The Rise and Fall of Kate Chase Sprague--Civil War "Belle of the North" and Gilded Age Woman of Scandal

John Oller


Had People journal been round in the course of the Civil struggle and after, Kate Chase could have made its “Most Beautiful” and “Most Intriguing” lists each year.

Kate Chase, the charismatic daughter of Abraham Lincoln’s treasury secretary, loved unparalleled political energy for a lady. As her widowed father’s hostess, she arrange a rival “court” opposed to Mary Lincoln in hopes of creating her father president and herself his First girl. To facilitate that target, she married one of many richest males within the kingdom, the good-looking “boy governor” of Rhode Island, within the social occasion of the Civil warfare. but if William Sprague grew to become out to be much less of a prince as a husband, she came across convenience within the hands of a robust married senator. the resultant scandal ended her digital royalty, leaving her a social outcast who died in poverty. but in her ultimate years she might locate either larger authenticity and the interior peace that had continually eluded her.

Set opposed to the seductive attract of the Civil battle and Gilded Age, Kate Chase Sprague’s dramatic tale is considered one of ambition and tragedy regarding probably the most well-known personalities in American heritage. during this superbly written and meticulously researched biography, drawing on a lot unpublished fabric, John Oller captures the tumultuous and passionate lifetime of a girl who used to be a century prior to her time.

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