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RG0885.AM:  Hiram Chase, 1861-1928

Biographical information:  1901-1991

Thurston County, Nebraska:  Lawyer

Size:  One folder


Hiram Chase was born on the Omaha reservation on September 9, 1861. His father, Hiram Chase, Sr., was a government inspector, and his mother, Nunzainza, was the granddaughter of Wahnookega, chief of the Omaha Indians. He attended school on the reservation and then was sent to the Lutheran farm school at Zelienople, Pennsylvania. He later returned to Nebraska and attended Bellevue College and the Normal School at Peru, Nebraska.  In 1879 Chase returned to the family farm. He stayed on the farm and studied law on his own until 1889 when he went to Cincinnati, Ohio, to attend law school. After graduating with a bachelor of law degree, Hiram returned to Nebraska and was admitted to the state bar. In 1891 he moved to Pender, Nebraska, and started the law firm of Chase & Sloan. In 1893 Chase was elected county judge of Thurston County and served one term. He was elected county attorney in 1898 and re-elected in 1901.  Hiram Chase married Cynthia Snyder in the spring of 1882. The couple had nine children. Mrs. Chase died in 1915. Hiram then married Nellie (Sheridan) Springer. Hiram Chase passed away at Chadron, at the home of his daughter, Isabelle Ammons, on December 3, 1928. He was buried next to his first wife in the Rose Hill Cemetery at Pender, Nebraska.


The collection contains biographical information about Hiram Chase, III, of Pender, Nebraska, which highlights his legal career. An obituary tells of his life and family. An excerpt from the biography of Hiram Chase, III, written in 1940 by his son Hiram Chase, IV provides insight into his father’s personality and character. Hiram Chase III and his partner Thomas Sloan had the first Indian law office in the United States in Pender, Nebraska. Also included are biographical information photocopied from several other publications in the HN library.


Biographical information


Subject headings:

Chase and Sloan (Pender, Nebraska)

Chase, Hiram, 1861-1928

County officials and employees — Nebraska — Thurston County

Judges — Nebraska — Thurston County

Lawyers — Nebraska — Thurston County

Omaha Indians — Nebraska — Thurston County

Sloan, Thomas L., 1863-1940


Revised TMM          03-09-2010