Happy Birthday – William Henry Seward, May 16, 1801

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“Warwick in History” – On this day in 1801 William Henry Seward was born in Florida, New York. He attended the academy in Goshen, graduated from Union College at fifteen years of age, and taught school in Georgia.
Elected to the new York State Senate in 1830, Seward became Governor of New York in 1838. He was Secretary of State in Lincoln’s cabinet, a post which he conducted with skill. Interested in expansion of the United States, he helped the country to purchase Alaska. He also favored annexation of Hawaii and the Dutch West Indies. Mr. Seward died in Auburn, New York, in 1872.
In 1929 plans were made to erect a memorial by the famous sculptor, Daniel French, to be placed in front of the new S. S. Seward Institute in Florida.