Tag Archives: Kate Chase

Lucretia Garfield: The Rough Road to a Happy Marriage

When the Garfields became First Couple in 1880, they had a solid and happy marriage, but… …A Long Time A-Comin’ When James Garfield and Lucretia Rudolph married in 1858, they were both twenty-seven – and had been engaged for five … Continue reading

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Kate Sprague and Roscoe Conkling: Beauty and the Boss

Some of the juiciest gossip post-Civil War centered around NY Senator Roscoe Conkling and Kate Chase Sprague. Both were married, and the liaison was the stuff of scandal! The Beauty Kate Chase Sprague (1840-1899) was one of the best known … Continue reading

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Mary Lincoln’s Rivals

Thirty year old Harriet Lane enjoyed a hugely popular tenure as de facto First Lady in the late 1850s. Her social leadership was as successful as her Uncle James Buchanan’s political administration was a flop. When First Lady-to-be Mary Lincoln … Continue reading

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