Chase served two single year terms in the Maine House of Representatives. In 1873, an economic depression began and Chase joined the national Greenback Party. He is credited with founding the Greenback Party in Maine.
Chase sought to build an independent movement of farmers and workers through the Greenback Party and opposed electoral fusion with the Maine Democratic Party.
A farmer, Chase was nationally known for the catchphrase and stump speech "them steers". In "them steers", he spoke of the tending his steers for the benefit of the financial elite, but not his town, county or state.
During the Civil War, he joined the Republican Party and served two terms in the Maine House of Representatives. He was appointed an internal revenue collector by President Andrew Johnson, though like most of Johnson"s appointments, he was never confirmed.
During the June 1880 Greenback National Convention, Chase was a prominent candidate for the presidential nomination.
In the first vote, Chase received 89 votes, which was a distant 5th place from the eventual nominee, Iowa Congressman James B. Weaver. In 1882, Chase was the nominee of the Greenback Party for Governor and received 0.9% (1,324) of the total vote. Plaisted was a fusion nominee of the Democratic Party and some in the Greenback Party.
In January 1875, Chase began published "Chase"s Chronicle" from his farm in Turner.
By 1879, the publication had a circulation of 6,000. lieutenant then moved to Portland, where it was renamed the "Greenback Labor Chronicle".
However, the Labor Chronicle was discontinued a year later. Just a year later, a stock company owned by Solon Chase created "Chase"s Enquirer".
However, in 1882, the company took the paper over from its editor, Chase, and moved the publication to Lewiston.
lieutenant was suspended within six months. In March 1882, Chase formed yet another newspaper, this called "Them Steers" in honor of the catchphrase popularized by the editors Them Steers also failed and the publication ceased to print in 1883.
Chase was a lifelong farmer.
The report by Commissioner of Agriculture called Solon Chase the "spy" king of Maine.
Chase was a member of the Whig Party prior to the American Civil War.