This Week in the Civil War - #864
On Thursday, June 30, 1864 United States Secretary of the Treasury Salmon P. Chase, a man who had long dreamed of becoming president and one who was supported by many Radical Republicans, offered his resignation to Abraham Lincoln. It was not the first time Chase had offered to resign; this time Lincoln accepted, noting that “You and I have reached a point of mutual embarrassment in our official relation which it seems can not be overcome…” Chase appeared stunned by Lincoln’s decision, but Lincoln finally had enough of Chase’s political aspirations. The following day Lincoln appointed Maine Senator William Pitt Fessenden as the next treasury secretary. Just six months later Lincoln would surprise many by nominating Salmon Chase to become the next Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court.