Book Hour: American Queen – The Rise and Fall of Kate Chase Sprague


Think Hillary Clinton and Angelina Jolie when you think of Kate Chase Sprague in the mid 1800s. She had extraordinary political guile and a bearing that attracted every eye in Washington’s social circles. Abraham Lincoln attended her wedding over his wife’s protests. Politicians sought her advice at a time women couldn’t even vote. She married an erratic millionaire industrialist and Senator, lived a lavish life akin to American royalty, and was the center of the country’s media and social circles. However, her husband’s alcoholism and violence drove her into a barely secret relationship with legendary New York power broker and Senator, Roscoe Conkling. Listen to this true story about a woman 150 years ahead of her time and, ultimately, suffered for it. Hear how she affected the highest levels of U.S. government during the Civil War and the Guilded Age.

Guest: John Oller
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The Tim Danahey Show started in July, 2010 at internet station Castle Rock Radio. It started as a one-day-per week endeavor and quickly grew to five days per week. The show discusses economics, government, social issues, history, and non-fiction books in a magazine format featuring in-depth conversations with guests. Politics and inflammatory conversations are discouraged as they are divisive and counter-productive. Instead, the show seeks under-reported topics and delves into facts, different perspectives, and ramifications of each perspective.