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Mrs. Lincoln's Rival - Jennifer Chiaverini
Mrs. Lincoln's Rival
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The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, Jennifer Chiaverini, reveals the famous First Lady’s very public social and political contest with Kate Chase Sprague, memorialized as “one of the most remarkable women ever known to Washington society.” (Providence Journal) Kate... show more
The New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, Jennifer Chiaverini, reveals the famous First Lady’s very public social and political contest with Kate Chase Sprague, memorialized as “one of the most remarkable women ever known to Washington society.” (Providence Journal) Kate Chase Sprague was born in 1840 in Cincinnati, Ohio, the second daughter to the second wife of a devout but ambitious lawyer. Her father, Salmon P. Chase, rose to prominence in the antebellum years and was appointed secretary of the treasury in Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet, while aspiring to even greater heights. Beautiful, intelligent, regal, and entrancing, young Kate Chase stepped into the role of establishing her thrice-widowed father in Washington society and as a future presidential candidate. Her efforts were successful enough that The Washington Star declared her “the most brilliant woman of her day. None outshone her.” None, that is, but Mary Todd Lincoln. Though Mrs. Lincoln and her young rival held much in common—political acumen, love of country, and a resolute determination to help the men they loved achieve greatness—they could never be friends, for the success of one could come only at the expense of the other. When Kate Chase married William Sprague, the wealthy young governor of Rhode Island, it was widely regarded as the pinnacle of Washington society weddings. President Lincoln was in attendance. The First Lady was not. Jennifer Chiaverini excels at chronicling the lives of extraordinary yet littleknown women through historical fiction. What she did for Elizabeth Keckley in Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker and for Elizabeth Van Lew in The Spymistress she does for Kate Chase Sprague in Mrs. Lincoln’s Rival.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780525954286 (0525954287)
ASIN: 525954287
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Pages no: 432
Edition language: English
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2.5 Mrs. Lincoln's Rival
This is a thorough examination of the adult life of Kate Chase, daughter of Salmon P. Chase. Salmon was the U.S. Treasury Secretary under Abraham Lincoln. Kate was a rising socialite during this time and hoped to one day be First Lady herself; Kate was intensely involved in her father's political ...
katiewilkins186
katiewilkins186 rated it
2.0 Mrs. Lincoln's Rival
Kate Chase, known as the Belle of Washington in the civil war era, was as beautiful and charming as she was politically savvy. Her good humor and social graces earned her the friendship of many but Mrs. Lincoln perceived her social success as a threat. This rivalry was only one of the challenges she...
Denise
Denise rated it
3.5 Mrs. Lincoln's Rival
I first read about and became aware of Kate Chase Sprague when I read "Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin. I didn't really like her that much after reading about her but I was interested in learning more about her rivalry with Mrs. Lincoln. Even though this book is titled "Mrs. Lincoln's Rival"...
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