William Seward Sr.
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William Henry Seward Sr. (1801 - 1872)

William Henry Seward Sr.
Born in Florida, Orange, New York, United Statesmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 20 Oct 1824 in Auburn,Cayuga,New York,USAmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Auburn, Cayuga, New York, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 27 Oct 2013
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Preceded by
23rd Secretary
Jeremiah S. Black




Preceded by
11th Governor

William L. Marcy





Preceded by
John Adams Dix
William H. Seward
24th United States
Secretary of State
State Dept
1861—1869

12th Governor
of New York
Seal of the State of New York
1839—1842

US Senator (Class 3)
from New York
Seal of of the US Senate
1849—1861
Succeeded by
25th Secretary
Elihu B. Washburne




Succeeded by
13th Governor

William C. Bouck





Succeeded by
Ira Harris

Contents

Biography

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William Seward Sr. is Notable.

William Henry Seward (May 16, 1801 – October 10, 1872) 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.[1]

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" (no valuable minerals, let alone gold or oil, were discovered in Alaska until 1880, eight years after Seward's death.) 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.

Seward studied law at Union College, graduating in 1820 with highest honors, and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He was admitted to the New York State Bar in 1821. In that same year, he met Frances Adeline Miller, a classmate of his sister Cornelia at Emma Willard's Troy Female Seminary and the daughter of Judge Elijah Miller of Auburn, New York. In 1823, he moved to Auburn where he entered into law partnership with Judge Miller. The firm, Miller & Seward, would merge with the New York firm, Blatchford & Clizbe, in 1854 to form Blatchford, Seward & Griswold, the predecessor of the law firm, Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Seward married Frances Miller on October 20, 1824. They raised five children:

  1. Augustus Henry Seward (1826–1876
  2. Frederick William Seward (1830–1915)
  3. Cornelia Seward (1836–1837)
  4. William Henry Seward, Jr. (1839–1920)
  5. Frances Adeline "Fanny" Seward (1844–1866)
  6. Adopted daughter, Olive Risley Seward

Residences

  • 1801-05-16, Birth; Florida, Orange, New York,USA[2]
  • 1830, Age: 20-30, Auburn, Cayuga, New York[3]
  • 1850, Age: 49, Auburn, Ward 2, Cayuga, New York[4]
  • 1855, Auburn, Cayuga, New York[5]
  • 1860, Age: 59, Auburn, Ward 2, Cayuga, New York, United States[6]
  • 1865, Auburn, Ward 2, Cayuga, New York[7]
  • 1870, Age: 69; Auburn, Ward 2, Cayuga, New York, United States[8]

Legacy

Two states have counties named after William Seward: Kansas and Nebraska

Sources

  1. #FG, #Wikipedia, #Bio
  2. #FG, #C1830, #C1850, #C1855, #C1860, #C1865, #C1870, #Bio, #Wikipedia
  3. #C1830
  4. #C1850
  5. #C1855
  6. #C1860
  7. #C1865
  8. #C1870
  • William H. Seward at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress Retrieved on 2009-04-30Congressional Biography
  • Hale, Edward Everett (1910). William Henry Seward. American Crisis Biographies. Philadelphia: George W. Jacobs & Co. OCLC 823767.
  • Wikipedia:William_H._Seward, accessed Jul 13, 2018
  • Find A Grave: Memorial #945
  • "United States Census, 1830," database with images, FamilySearch (Link: 19 August 2017), William H Seward, Auburn, Cayuga, New York, United States; citing 166, NARA microfilm publication M19, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administra
  • "United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (Link: 12 April 2016), Wm H Seward in household of Mr Lurce, Auburn county, ward 2, Cayuga, New York, United States; citing family 555, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch (Link: 13 December 2017), William H Seward, 1860
  • "United States Census, 1870," database with images, FamilySearch (Link: 12 April 2016), William H Seward, New York, United States; citing p. 80, family 640, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,409.
  • "New York State Census, 1855," database with images, FamilySearch (Link: 13 March 2018), William H Seward, Ward 2, Auburn, Cayuga, New York, United States; citing p. , line #10, family #137, county clerk offices, New York; FHL microfilm 1,435,218.
  • "New York State Census, 1855," database with images, FamilySearch (Link: 13 March 2018), William H Seward, Ward 2, Auburn, Cayuga, New York, United States; citing p. , line #10, family #137, county clerk offices, New York; FHL microfilm 1,435,218.
  • #R-1199224433 New York, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1790-1890 Ancestry.com
  • #R-11992244331860 United States Federal Census Ancestry.com
  • #R-11992244331870 United States Federal CensusAncestry.com
  • #R-1199224433 Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Page: Ancestry Family Tree Data: Text: Link


Acknowledgments

  • Thank you to Donna Creekmore for creating WikiTree profile Seward-271 through the import of creekmore Family Tree.ged on Oct 26, 2013.




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