William H. Seward (1801-1872)

William Henry Seward was a governor of New York state, U.S. senator, and secretary of state. He was elected governor in 1838 and again in 1840. Seward worked to protect immigrants and fugitive slaves, and continued to be a foe of slavery throughout his career. He was elected as a U.S. senator in 1849 and 1855 and was one of the leading senators before the Civil War. In 1861 President Lincoln appointed Seward secretary of state. He managed to remain in the cabinet under President Andrew Johnson. He is best known for his purchase of Alaska, known as "Seward's folly."

1860 circa 5 years
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