'The most brilliant woman of her day' finally gets her due

December 24, 2014 1:06 PM

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"American Queen: The Rise and Fall of Kate Chase Sprague, Civil War 'Belle of the North' and Gilded Age Woman of Scandal" by John Oller; Da Capo Press (416 pages, $29)

Anyone who thought hanky-panky began in Washington with John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson or Franklin Roosevelt would be quickly disabused of that notion by the life of Kate Chase as chronicled in "American Queen: The Rise and Fall of Kate Chase Sprague, Civil War 'Belle of the North' and Gilded Age Woma...

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