Chase, Salmon Portland Chase failed in his effort to secure the presidential nomination, but he remained an important national figure, and on Dec. 6, 1864, after the death of Roger B. Taney , Lincoln appointed Chase Chief Justice of the United States. He took a moderate stand in most of the important Reconstruction cases. His dissenting opinion in the Slaughterhouse Cases subsequently became the accepted position of the courts as to the restrictive force of the Fourteenth Amendment. On the other hand, his decision (1870) in Hepburn v. Griswold (see Legal Tender cases ) was soon reversed. For his fairness in presiding over the Senate in the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson , he was furiously denounced by his old radical friends. Chase persisted in seeking the presidency, but neither the Democrats in 1868 nor the Liberal Republicans in 1872 were interested in him. Slaughterhouse Cases Slaughterhouse Cases, cases decided by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1873. In 1869 the Louisiana
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