February 2023 Meeting

Thursday, February 16th

Special Guest Speaker



“SALMON P. CHASE AND THE REPUBLICAN PARTY” How the Republican Party emerged in 1860 out of the “soup” of parties and factions in the United States

Salmon P. Chase is best remembered as a rival of Lincoln’s for the Republican nomination in 1860—but there would not have been a national Republican Party, and Lincoln could not have won the presidency, were it not for the vital groundwork Chase laid over the previous two decades. Starting in the early 1840s, long before Lincoln was speaking out against slavery, Chase was forming and leading antislavery parties. He represented fugitive slaves so often in his law practice that he was known as the attorney general for runaway negroes. He strengthened his national reputation, as a progressive and an antislavery leader, first as a federal senator (from 1849 through 1855) and then as Ohio’s governor (from 1856 through early 1861).

Tapped during the secession winter by Lincoln to become Secretary of the Treasury, Chase would soon prove vital to the Civil War effort, raising the billions of dollars that allowed the Union to win the war, while also pressing the president to emancipate the country’s slaves and recognize black rights. When Lincoln had the chance to appoint a chief justice in late 1864, he chose his faithful rival, because he was sure Chase would make the right decisions on the difficult racial, political, and economic issues the Supreme Court would confront during Reconstruction.

Walter Stahr was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy; graduated from Stanford University; and received his law degree from Harvard Law School. He had a celebrated career practicing international litigation law and then spent several years working with the Chair of the Securities & Exchange Commission. Mr. Stahr has written acclaimed books on prominent Americans: John Jay, Founding Father; William Henry Seward, Lincoln’s “indispensable man;” and Edwin Stanton, Lincoln’s Secretary of War. He grew up in Arcadia and resides with his family in Southern California.


Thursday, February 16, 2023
The Blinn House
(Pasadena Heritage Headquarters)
160 North Oakland Avenue, Pasadena ***
Complementary wine, beer, soft drinks and mini sub sandwiches
Reception 6:15pm
Program 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm

(Please arrive before 6:30 if you plan to have delicious sub sandwiches)

$35 per person

Reservations are a MUST!

PRE-PAID reservations are appreciated, RSVP before February 12th. Payment may also be made through ZELLE.  Use email pasadenarepublican@gmail.com

Mail check to:
Pasadena Republican Club
Post Office Box 94236, Pasadena, CA 91109

1. Parking lot is on Madison Avenue, second driveway south of Walnut Street
2. Entrance to the meeting room is adjacent to the parking lot. Please do not enter the
Blinn House through the front door as it will interfere with another group meeting.

Additional payment method available: send payment through Zelle
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