William H. Seward

U.S. Congressperson

1801 – 1872

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Who was William H. Seward?

William Henry Seward was an American politician from the state of New York. He served as the 12th Governor of New York, United States Senator and the United States Secretary of State under Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. A determined opponent of the spread of slavery in the years leading up to the American Civil War, he was a dominant figure in the Republican Party in its formative years, and was widely regarded as the leading contender for the party's presidential nomination in 1860.

Denied the nomination, he became a loyal member of Lincoln's wartime cabinet, and played a role in preventing foreign intervention early in the war. On the night of Lincoln's assassination, he survived an attempt on his own life. As Johnson's Secretary of State, he engineered the 1867 purchase of Alaska from Russia in an act that was ridiculed at the time as "Seward's Folly" His contemporary Carl Schurz described Seward as "one of those spirits who sometimes will go ahead of public opinion instead of tamely following its footprints."

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Born
May 16, 1801
Florida
Also known as
  • William Henry Seward, Sr.
  • William Seward
Parents
Spouses
Children
Religion
  • Anglicanism
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Union College
    ( - 1820)
Died
Oct 10, 1872
Auburn
Resting place
Fort Hill Cemetery

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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