Warren Chase

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Studio portrait of Warren Chase, Fourierist and politician who served in the state senates of Wisconsin and California

Warren Chase (January 5, 1813 – February 25, 1891) was an American pioneer, reformer, and politician.


Born in Pittsfield, New Hampshire, Chase moved to Monroe, Michigan and then to Wisconsin. Chase founded the Wisconsin Phalanx in Ceresco, Wisconsin (now Ripon, Wisconsin), based on the teachings of the French philosopher Charles Fourier and his American popularizer Albert Brisbane.

Chase helped found Ripon College. Chase was a supporter of the temperance, abolitionist, and spiritual movements and wrote books and articles.

Chase served in the two Wisconsin Constitutional Conventions of 1846 and 1847 and served in the first Wisconsin State Senate. In 1849, he was the candidate of the newly organized Free Soil Party for Governor of Wisconsin, coming in third behind Democratic incumbent Nelson Dewey and Whig Alexander Collins.

After the dissolution of the Wisconsin Phalanx, he moved to Illinois, Missouri, and California. While in California he was elected to the California State Senate on the Workingmen's Party ticket; it is unclear whether he agreed with the racist ideas of Workingmen's Party leader Denis Kearney, or merely with the party's anti-capitalist doctrines. He later ran for Congress in California as a Greenback.


Warren Chase died in Cobden, Illinois.[1][2][3][4]