Born on 16 May 1801, American statesman, secretary of state under Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. Seward negotiated the purchase of Alaska from Russia for $ 7,200,000. At the time some felt the price was too high and referred to the purchase as Seward’s Folly. Seward was governor of New York, 1839 43, and a member of the US Senate, 1848 60. On the evening of Lincolns assassination, 14 April 1865 Seward was stabbed in the throat by Lewis Posell, a fellow conspirator of John Wilkes Booth. Seward recovered and maintained his cabinet position under President Andrew Johnson until 1869. Born at Florida, NY, he died at Auburn, NY, 18 October 1872.
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