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Katherine Jane "Kate" Chase Sprague
Original name: Katherine Chase
Birth: Aug. 13, 1840
Cincinnati
Hamilton County
Ohio, USA
Death: Jul. 31, 1899
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA

American Social Figure. The daughter of Civil War Presidential Cabinet Secretary Salmon P. Chase, she was known as the "Belle of Washington Society" during her father's tenure as a member of President Abraham Lincoln's cabinet. Widely reported to have been one of the most beautiful and brilliant women of her day, she and First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln were society hostess rivals during the Civil War. Courted by many suitors, she eventually married the wealthy Governor of Rhode Island William Sprague of Rhode Island in November 1863 in what was was the social event of the season in the Nation's Capital. The marriage produced four children, and ultimately ended in divorce in 1882. (bio by: Steve S) 
 
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 Parents:
  Salmon Portland Chase (1808 - 1873)
  Eliza Ann Smith Chase (1821 - 1845)
 
 Spouse:
  William Sprague (1830 - 1915)
 
 Children:
  Portia Sprague Browning (1867 - 1932)*
  Ethel Chase Sprague Donaldson (1869 - 1936)*
 
 Siblings:
  Catherine Jane Chase (1835 - 1836)**
  Katherine Jane Chase Sprague (1840 - 1899)
  Lizzie Chase (1842 - 1842)*
  Lizzie Chase (1843 - 1844)*
  Janet Ralston Chase Hoyt (1847 - 1925)**
  Josephine Ludlow Chase (1849 - 1850)**
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Spring Grove Cemetery
Cincinnati
Hamilton County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Garden LN, Section 30, Lot 11, Space 6
 
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Record added: Mar 03, 1999
Find A Grave Memorial# 4642
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Remarkable! I just read the best book about you! "Kate Chase for the Defense!" Amazing woman! You were a brave woman, Kate Chase! Divorcing your horrible husband and taking on your maiden name and then raising your little girls without any child support o...(Read more)
-Anonymous
 Added: Aug. 13, 2014
Happy birthday, dear Kate! We will always remember what a fabulous woman you really were.
-Anonymous
 Added: Aug. 13, 2014

- Ryan Curtis
 Added: Jul. 31, 2014
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