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William Henry Seward was United States Secretary of State from 1861 to 1869, and earlier served as governor of New York and United States Senator. A determined opponent of the spread of slavery in the years leading up to the American Civil War, he was a prominent figure in the Republican Party in its formative years, and was praised for his work on behalf of the Union as Secretary of State during the Civil War.
  • Personal 

  • State senator and gubernatorial candidate 

  • Governor of New York 

  • Out of office 

  • First term 

  • Second term 

  • Candidate for the nomination 

  • Convention 

  • Campaigning for Lincoln 

  • Secession crisis 

  • War breaks out 

  • Diplomacy 

  • Involvement in wartime detentions 

  • Relationship with Lincoln 

  • 1864 election; Hampton Roads Conference 

  • Assassination attempt 

  • Reconstruction and impeachment 

  • Mexico 

  • Territorial expansion and Alaska 

  • 1868 election, retirement and death 

  • Legacy and historical view