As I start work on Salmon Chase, I am greatly indebted to John Niven.  Starting in 1984, Niven led a team of scholars that gathered the papers of Salmon Chase.  They published both a microfilm edition AND a five-volume printed version of Chase papers.  In the midst of this massive project, Niven published in 1995…

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George Will has a strong review of Ron Chernow’s biography of Ulysses Grant in today’s Washington Post.  Among other things, as I urge editors that Salmon Chase deserves at least 600 pages, it is nice to read a review that says Chernow’s 1000-page book is not too long. The following paragraph from Will raises interesting…

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