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William H. SEWARD

American William H. SEWARD

born William Henry SEWARD

American politician, he engineered the 1867 purchase of Alaska from Russia in an act that was ridiculed at the time as "Seward's Folly"

Source :  Jacques CHANIS

Born: on May 16, 1801 in Florida, New York, USA
Died: on October 10, 1872 in Auburn, New York, USA


Seward was born in Florida, New York, in Orange County, the third son of Samuel Sweezy Seward and his wife Mary Jennings Seward. A wealthy landowner and slaveowner (in New York State, slavery would not be fully abolished until 1827), Samuel Seward had been appointed postmaster of Florida in the first decade of the 19th century by President Thomas Jefferson. A Jeffersonian Republican and of Welsh descent, Samuel Seward held that position over thirty years.

Florida, located some 60 miles (97 km) from New York City and west of the Hudson River, was then a small village of perhaps a dozen homes. Young Seward attended school there, and also in the nearby county seat of Goshen.

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