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William H. Seward

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William H. Seward's Biography

William Henry Seward, Sr. (May 16, 1801 – October 10, 1872) was 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 – yet his very outspokenness may have cost him the nomination. Despite his loss, 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 life in the conspirators' effort to decapitate the Union government. As Johnson's Secretary of State, he engineered the purchase of Alaska from Russia in an act that was ridiculed at the time as "Seward's Folly", but which somehow exemplified his character. 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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  • Historians unravel mystery behind cryptic Lincoln note

      News Source: Fox | 5 months ago
    Ill.   The cryptic note penned by Abraham Lincoln identifies its recipient only as "my dear Sir" and has a small section carefully clipped out. Who was he writing to and why was a key piece of information later removed so meticulously? Historians
  • On America's most important New Year's Eve, Lincoln found our better angels

      News Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | over 1 year ago
    In the course of one evening, all of American history changed. Before another sunset would occur, an entire people would move toward freedom, a large region of this country would change its identity, and America would be transformed forever. The
  • What is the Best History Book of 2012?

      News Source: HNN | over 1 year ago
    We asked our readers what, in their opinion, is the best history book of 2012...Caro's bestselling and critically acclaimed multi-volume biography of Lyndon B...The book received near universal acclaim and became one of the cultural touchstones of

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  • Lincoln Day by Day: January 3, 1861

      Blog Source: www.lincolnday.org | over 3 years ago
    William H. Seward (N.Y.), leader of Republican party: “It seems to me the inaugeration [sic] is not the most dangerous point for us. Our adversaries have us more clearly at disadvantage, on the second Wednesday of February, ...
  • This Day In History January 3: Today In History; 3rd day of ...

      Blog Source: preferredbypete.com | over 3 years ago
    U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward had purchased Alaska from Russia in 1867 for $7.2 million. The state is nearly 1/5 the size of the total area of the rest of the U.S. 1961 - The United States severed diplomatic relations with ...
  • ManGod: HOW AND WHY ABRAHAM LINCOLN STARTED THE WAR OF ...

      Blog Source: mangod-mangod.blogspot.com | over 3 years ago
    Two of its founders and strongest political-leaders were Salmon P. Chase (first a senator and then a governor); and William H. Seward (also a governor and a senator). At the 1860 Republican convention in Chicago, Chase and Seward were ...

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